Dhaka, 05 July 2023: Ambassador of China to Bangladesh Mr. Yao Wen called on Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen, MP at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka today. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Dr. Momen reiterated Bangladesh’s commitments for further enhancing the ‘South-South Cooperation’ for greater collective benefit of the global South. He referred to innovative approaches including that of the Community Clinics introduced in Bangladesh by the Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which is now internationally appreciated. He observed that a developing country like Bangladesh could apply a lot of practical, simple and viable Chinese innovations for the benefit of the common people.
The Chinese Envoy updated about different development projects in Bangladesh that are being carried out with support from China. Foreign Minister Dr. Momen thanked China as a development partner. He encouraged greater Chinese investment in Bangladesh to facilitate more job-creation and transfer of technology and skills. He also stressed on initiatives for reducing the huge trade imbalance between the two countries.
While exchanging views on climate change, the issue of the prevailing monsoon and its impacts on possible flood situation in the country, particularly the occurrence of flash-floods, came up. The Chinese envoy offered to extend assistance for dredging the relevant rivers in Bangladesh for improving the capacity of the rivers to better manage the flood situations.
Foreign Minister Dr. Momen reviewed the efforts for facilitating the desired repatriation of the Rohingyas, temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds, to their homeland in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. They also reviewed the ongoing bilateral cooperation in various multilateral and international forums.
As the Chinese Envoy extended invitation to the Foreign Minister to various events in China, Dr. Momen thanked him for the invitation and took note of it.