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Dhaka asks Finland to raise pressure on Maynmar

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Bangladesh has urged Finland to increase pressure on Myanmar to compel them to take back its nationals from Bangladesh in a sustainable manner.Bangladesh also called for holding accountable Myanmar armed forces for ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state. The Bangladesh side also viewed that accountability of Myanmar military administration can create space for democratic government, reports UNB.

The issues came up for discussion at the second Bangladesh-Finland political consultations held here on Thursday at the State Guest House Meghna. Khurshed Alam, Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Sipilaionen Anne Marjaana, Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland led respective delegations to the consultations.

The ongoing Rohingya crisis occupied a major portion of the discussions, said the Foreign Ministry. The Finnish side appreciated Bangladesh for hosting a large numbers of Rohingyas and for her role to uphold international and humanitarian laws. The two sides underscored the need for exchanging frequent visits and intensifying interactions at the political level. The Finnish side also expressed interest to host the visit of the Foreign Minister to Helsinki later this year. In the meeting, two sides discussed about the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

The two sides agreed to foster cooperation in education sector including creating more opportunities for Bangladeshi students and professionals for higher education, research and training in forestry and environmental sciences, bio-technology and Bio-Economy, ICT, renewable energy by building greater rapport among the universities of the two countries.

They also agreed to work on building partnership in implementing the SDGs, Agenda 2030 and mitigating the adverse effect of climate change. They committed to forge cooperation in bilateral trade and investment to enhance bilateral trade up to its potential.

-AA Business Desk

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