Bangladesh, Japan to celebrate 50th diplomatic ties anniversary...

Bangladesh, Japan to celebrate 50th diplomatic ties anniversary together

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 11:47 AM, 27 January 2022  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bangladesh and Japan have decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries this year through various events in Dhaka and Tokyo to further strengthen bilateral partnership. 

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki called on Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, MP, at the State Guest House Padma on Wednesday to discuss about the celebratory events and other issues of common interest, a foreign ministry press release said. 

The two countries established diplomatic relations on 10 February 1972. 

During the meeting, the foreign minister recognized Japan as a long-trusted friend of Bangladesh and proven development partner. 

He recalled the unwavering Japanese support to the cause of independence of Bangladesh as well as Japanese development cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries.

Both sides recalled the historic official visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan in October 1973, which laid the rock-solid foundation of the bilateral relations between the two countries. 

The envoy shared that the Japanese embassy in Dhaka would publish a commemorative photo book on the historic visit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan on the auspicious occasion of the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries. 

The Japanese Ambassador reiterated his government's support for an early repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their ancestral homes in Myanmar and their relocation to Bhasan Char from Cox's Bazar camps. 

The Foreign Minister urged Japan to use its influence to persue Myanmar to create a conducive environment in Myanmar and facilitate safe return of the Rohingyas to the Rakhine State. 

Dr Momen appreciated Japan's contributions to the infrastructure development in Bangladesh and suggested more Japanese investments.  

The Japanese Ambassador assured that Japanese, as well as international investors, would be setting up their factories in the Araihazar Economic Zone from early next year. 

He requested the Foreign Minister to ease customs and related issues to facilitate more Japanese investments in Bangladesh while Dr Momen assured to look into the issues.