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    Rohingya repatriation to dominate Dhaka- Naypyidaw talks



    The Daily Star
    July 11, 2013
    Repatriation of
    Rohingya refugees, among other matters, will dominate the Foreign Office
    Consultations (FOC) scheduled for June 14 in Naypyidaw, capital of Myanmar.
    Security, trade and
    investment, cooperation between the countries’ border guards, connectivity and
    import of gas and electricity will also be discussed.
    Foreign Secretary
    Md Shahidul Haque, who leaves for Myanmar tonight, will lead the Bangladesh
    delegation at the 7th FOC, foreign secretary level annual meeting, between
    Bangladesh and Myanmar.
    Foreign ministry
    sources said discussions will cover the entire range of bilateral issues
    between the two neighbours, which include resolving all pending issues, pending
    visit of the Myanmar president to Bangladesh, direct road link and direct air
    services and coastal shipping line, cooperation in energy sector and curbing of
    border smuggling.
    Among pending
    issues, early activation of joint commission and joint trade commission,
    cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors, training exchange
    programmes and prevention of illicit trafficking will also be discussed, said
    sources.
    Officials said with
    the reform initiatives in Myanmar, Bangladesh is eager to intensify engagement
    with the country to explore trade and investment options.
    Major countries,
    like the USA, Japan and South Korea are already in Myanmar and Bangladesh being
    a neighbour should try to engage with Myanmar by utilising the existing
    mechanisms between the two countries, they said.
    On Rohingya
    refugees, a senior official of the foreign ministry told The Daily Star that
    Dhaka will seek solutions to the problem and ask Naypyidaw to take back all
    Myanmar refugees as well as undocumented nationals living in Bangladesh.