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Don’t switch over to other countries: Chinese envoy to BD businesses

News Published at thefinancialexpress.com.bd
Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming on Monday urged Bangladeshi businesses not to switch over to other countries as an alternative to China in the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak. “It’ll be costly, impossible and unnecessary considering the situation on the ground,” he said while talking to diplomatic correspondents at DCAB Talk at Jatiya Press Club. On Rohingya issue, the ambassador said Bangladesh and Myanmar are the main players, not China but China is helping the two countries find a solution, UNB reported. Referring to a tripartite approach over Rohingya repatriation, he hoped there will be some productive and substantiate progress going beyond lip services. President of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) Angur Nahar Monty and general secretary Touhidur Rahman also spoke at the event.

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Entire int'l community should stand together over Rohingya repatriation: EU

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European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink on Wednesday said the whole international community should stand together to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis with focus on their voluntary and sustainable repatriation to Myanmar.

"It's crystal clear that they want to go back  home (Myanmar). They don't want to stay at camps. We should stand behind it," she said adding that repatriation would be the best solution.

The EU Ambassador said it is not a matter of pointing finger at the EU that it is not doing enough but look at other countries.

"Of course, it's not easy geopolitically. Look in the region and look at other countries (what's their position). Look at India and China, indeed many of the countries in Asean," said the Ambassador sharing the necessity of working together. 

Ambassador Teerink said more should be done and there is no doubt about it.

The EU envoy was interacting with members of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at a city hotel.

Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh Francisco Asis Benitez Salas, Italian Ambassador Enrico Nunziata, Dutch Ambassador Harry Verweij, Swedish Ambassador Alexandra Berg Von Linde and Dennis Ambassador Winnie Estrup Petersen also spoke at the DCAB Talk.

DCAB President Angur Nahar Monty and General Secretary Touhidur Rahman were present.

The EU Ambassador also talked about Bhasan Char relocation, migration and trade issues.

She did not want to make any comment on Bhasan Char relocation before the visits by UN technical and humanitarian protection teams to Bhasan Char.

Ambassador Teerink said they are still waiting to see whether they can address the Rohingya issue in a better way as Myanmar has just seen its national elections. 

She said the EU is working with all the instruments as it advocates Rohingya repatriation.

Ambassador Teerink said Kofi Annan Commission's recommendations should be implemented for Rohingya repatriation. "It's still our guidelines."

Responding to a UNB question on third country resettlement for sharing burden, she said they do not have a position on this at this moment as repatriation is on focus.

The Ambassador, however, said the third country resettlement could be something for some families who have family ties. "It's not something on agenda at the moment."

She said so far their approach is to help Bangladesh to deal with Rohingyas and giving hospitality to this enormous group.

Ambassador Teerink said Bangladesh has done it in an exemplary way and the entire international community should be incredibly grateful. "We are committed to continue supporting Bangladesh."

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar camps and has a plan to relocate 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char starting from this month. 

Repatriation was failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 amid Rohingyas' lack of trust on the Myanmar government.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.

On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

GSP Plus

Bangladesh is one of the biggest beneficiaries of trade scheme- Everything but Arms (EBA) and wants the EU to continue providing the current zero duty benefit even after its graduation to a developing country.

The EU Ambassador said if Bangladesh is graduating by 2024, there will be a grace period of three years.

She said so if there is any change, it will happen only in 2027 and preconditions need to be fulfilled to apply for GSP Plus benefit.

Bangladesh has been a WTO member since 1995 and, as a least developed country, benefits from the EU's "Everything but Arms" arrangement, which grants duty free, quota free access for all exports, except arms and ammunition.

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Bangladesh hopeful of continuity over talks on economic ties with US

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Bangladesh is hopeful of continuity on discussion with the United States on strengthening economic ties as the election results are unlikely to have any impact on it.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen made the observation on Tuesday saying both the countries discussed recently how to strengthen economic cooperation exploring new avenues.

The Foreign Secretary was briefing members of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

DCAB President Angur Nahar Monty and General Secretary Touhidur Rahman were present.

During the visit of US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun, the US side discussed the issues that the US Department of State pursues but not the political issues, he told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The United States wants to deepen its ties across South Asia, particularly with Bangladesh and India, as it sees real potential to have stronger relations.

"We’re at a moment of real potential in the opportunity to deepen our relations across South Asia, but in particular with these two partners - India and Bangladesh," said the US Deputy Secretary of State.

After the visit, Biegun said they have an intervening election that will happen but he reiterates his confidence that regardless of the outcome of their elections, the future is quite bright for relations between the United States and these two very important South Asian partners.

He said his recent visit to both Bangladesh and India was part of a series of engagements the United States has had with both of these critical partners.

"And it’s one that you’ll see continuing to progress over the weeks and months ahead," he said adding that "It's certainly a task that I’m happy to be a part of and I’m very much looking forward to our next engagements."

Responding to a question, the Foreign Secretary said as far as Bangladesh-US relationship is concerned, US' relationship does not depend on individual or party.

Rather, such relationship goes through an institutional framework, said Masud Momen.

He said the government will work on maintaining the stable relationship with the US keeping economic ties unhurt and there will be efforts to restore the facilities that remain suspended.

Americans are set to vote in one of the most divisive presidential elections in decades, pitting incumbent Republican Donald Trump against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

The first polls will open from 05:00 EDT (10:00 GMT) in Vermont, reports BBC.

Nearly 100 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century.

Both rivals spent the final hours of the race rallying in key swing states.

National polls give a firm lead to Mr Biden, but it is a closer race in the states that could decide the outcome.

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We express our heartfelt gratitude to the senior journalists- Alamgir Hossain, Sheikh Rakib Uddin, Aman Ud Dowla, Mostafa Kamal, Ataur Rahman, Mainuddin Naser, Manowarul Islam, Anwarul Haque, Shamim Ahmad, Shyamal Dutta, Mizanur Rahman Khan and Anis Alamgir- who formed the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh-DCAB on March 16, 1998.

Since its inception DCAB members cover issues and events related to Bangladesh foreign affairs. DCAB keeps eyes on the international developments and events, and keeps close contacts with the foreign missions and international organizations stationed in Dhaka and Bangladesh missions abroad. DCAB always remains committed to upholding the spirit of our great Liberation War, democracy and freedom of expression in the interest of the nation.

Pantho Rahaman

President of DCAB

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Pantho Rahaman

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