|Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung (L) and Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wazed
Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung made an official visit to Bangladesh from January 29- 30 in his capacity as Special Envoy of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, during which, he announced that the Vietnamese Government has decided to provide financial assistance for Bangladesh to help provide humanitarian aid for migrants from the Myanmar state of Rakhine.
During the visit, Dung 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 Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh Richard Ragan.
He extended PM Phuc’s congratulations to Sheikh Hasina Wazed on her re-election as Bangladeshi PM, as well as the country’s tremendous development achievements. He said the Vietnamese PM greatly values the two countries’ time-honoured friendship and comprehensive cooperation.
The Deputy FM also welcomed Bangladesh’s goodwill and efforts in receiving migrants from Myanmar’s Rakhine state while expressing his hope that Bangladesh will maintain close coordination with Myanmar, the United Nations, and relevant agencies to seek proper solutions to this issue and expedite the repatriation of migrants.
Dung affirmed Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s readiness to back dialogue between the parties concerned and contribute to promoting regional peace and stability.
In reply, the Bangladeshi PM and ministers expressed their appreciation for the Vietnamese Government’s support and updated their guest on the Rakhine migrant situation and their country’s efforts to deal with the situation as soon as possible.
They voiced their hope that Vietnam and other ASEAN state members will help Bangladesh seek solutions to this matter.
With regard to bilateral ties, the Bangladeshi officials highlighted their country and Vietnam’s great potential for wider cooperation potential and consented to hold the third meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation and the second political consultation between the two foreign ministries in Vietnam this year.
For his part, WFP Country Director Richard Ragan applauded Vietnam’s assistance and briefed the Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister about the situation of migrants from Rakhine and the WFP’s support activities.