ISLAMABAD: Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Wednesday (Oct 10).
High Commissioner conveyed the best wishes to the newly elected Prime Minister who took office on 01 August 2017.
Welcoming the High Commissioner, Prime Minister Abbasi recalled the visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Lahore in 1974 for participating in the 2nd OIC Summit, immediately after the beginning of Bangladesh-Pakistan diplomatic relations. He called for strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries by removing all misgivings through dialogue. In this connection, he stressed the need for resuming Foreign Secretary Level Consultations. He attached particular importance to further enhancing trade and economic relations as well as promoting people-to- people contact between the two countries.
The Pakistani Prime Minister lauded the role played by Bangladesh in the face of the challenges posed by the influx of more than half a million additional forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh. He viewed that State (Myanmar) should shoulder its responsibilities for protection of all its nationals, particularly the minorities.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner thanked the Prime Minister for expression of solidarity with Bangladesh in tackling the humanitarian crisis. He requested the Prime Minister to join international community to impress upon Myanmar to ensure a speedy repatriation of all their forcibly displaced nationals back to their homes in Myanmar. As regards Foreign Secretary Level Consultations, the High Commissioner indicated that Bangladesh is open to hold the long-overdue consolations at any mutually convenient time in Dhaka.
BDST: 1740 HRS, OCT 11, 2017