DHAKA, Nov. 18 ( NsNewsWire) — The following is the full and unedited text of a statement which Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent on Saturday night regarding Chinese FM’s Dhaka visit:”Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on an official visit to Bangladesh, had a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali today. At the meeting major issues of bilateral and regional interests were discussed. During the discussion, Chinese Foreign Minister expressed satisfaction at the progress of decisions taken and the agreements signed during the milestone visit of President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in October last year. He also conveyed China’s commitment to continue to extend financial assistance to Bangladesh for its socio-economic development. Chinese Foreign Minister emphasized on the connectivity for peace and prosperity in the region. Regarding bilateral trade between China and Bangladesh, the Chinese Foreign Minister assured that China would take measures to reduce the trade deficit.
When the issue of exodus of displaced Myanmar nationals was raised, the Chinese Foreign Minister stated that as a friend China will help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side. He, at the same time stressed on importance of continued consultations and dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the issue. He acknowledged that Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuing influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh. He said as a friend of both Bangladesh and Myanmar, China wants the problem to be solved peacefully. He also promised continued humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh. Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali said that Bangladesh remains engaged bilaterally with Myanmar for the solution of the problem and will look forward to China’s support for the early return of the Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar with dignity and safety.”