Deputy FM visits Bangladesh
09:22 | 31/01/2019

VGP – Deputy FM Nguyen Quoc Dung visited Bangladesh on January 29 and 30 in his role as Special Envoy of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Deputy FM Nguyen Quoc Dung (L) and Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wazed

During the visit, he met with Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, and Country Director of the World Food Program (WFP) in Bangladesh Richard Ragan.

Mr. Dung delivered PM Phuc’s congratulations to Sheikh Hasina Wazed on her re-election as Bangladeshi PM and the country’s development achievements. He said the Vietnamese PM highly values the development of the two countries’ traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation. 

The Deputy Minister also welcomed Bangladesh’s goodwill and efforts in receiving a large number of migrants from Myanmar’s Rakhine state. He voiced his hope that Bangladesh will keep close coordination with Myanmar, the United Nations, and relevant sides to seek sustainable solutions to this issue and promote the repatriation of migrants. 

On this occasion, the official noted that the Vietnamese Government will assist its Bangladeshi counterpart with US$ 50,000 and donate another US$ 50,000 to the WFP to help with humanitarian aid for the migrant community there.  

For their part, the Bangladeshi PM and ministers appreciated the Vietnamese Government’s support. They also briefed their guest on the Rakhine migrant situation and their country’s efforts to deal with the situation. 

They expressed their hope that Viet Nam and other ASEAN countries will help Bangladesh seek solutions to this issue.

Regarding bilateral ties, the Bangladeshi side said their country and Viet Nam boast huge cooperation potential, asking for bilateral connections to be strengthened. They also agreed to organize the third meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation and the second political consultation between the two foreign ministries in Viet Nam this year.

In return, WFP Country Director Richard Ragan also spoke highly of Viet Nam’s assistance. He informed the Vietnamese official about the situation of migrants from Rakhine and the WFP’s support activities./. 

By Kim Anh 

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