Australia’s outgoing High Commissioner Jeremy Boyer in Dhaka has promised $23.5 million to send more than 1 million Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh back to Myanmar. He made this promise during his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Sunday morning.
After the meeting, his Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters in a briefing that they discussed issues of bilateral interest in the meeting.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh has dealt with the challenge of Corona epidemic efficiently. Initiatives have also been taken to deal with climate change related disasters. He also said that the government has strengthened the social security program in the country. Expressing satisfaction with trade between the two countries, Jeremy Boyer stressed further cooperation in the energy and climate change sectors. He also said that Australia will cooperate in infrastructure development and training if Bangladesh Cricket Board wants.
The Australian High Commissioner wished the prime minister well in the twelfth parliamentary elections. He praised the success of Bangladesh in combating the Covid-19 pandemic crisis and emphasized the need for people-to-people cooperation between the two countries.
Expressing satisfaction with the trade between the two countries, Jeremy Boyer emphasized the energy and climate change sectors for further cooperation.
Mentioning that the Bangladeshi community in Australia is doing well, he said that both countries can establish cooperation in the defense sector.
On the Rohingya issue, the ambassador reiterated his country’s support to Bangladesh for the dignified return of the more than 1 million forcibly displaced Rohingya to their homeland Myanmar, and said his country would provide about $235 million for them.
He expressed hope that the democratic process will continue in Bangladesh.
Besides, the ambassador said, if Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) wants, Australia will support Bangladesh in infrastructure development and training facilities. Ambassador at Large. Ziauddin and Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Tofazzal Hossain Mia were present at the time.