DHAKA, Jan 22, 2017 (BSS) - State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam has expected the newly introduced G2G mechanism to resolve the issues of Bangladeshi manpower in Malaysia as he met the country's Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman, a foreign ministry statement said here today.
"He (Alam) particularly thanked Malaysian Government for declaring Bangladesh as an official source country for recruitment of workers," the statement read.
During discussion over recruitment of Bangladeshi workers under the new G2G Plus mechanism, it said, Alam "expressed optimism that the new mechanism would resolve many problems which this sector had been suffered from the past".
According to the statement, the two ministers met on the sidelines of the sidelines of the "Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Ministers on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim minority of Myanmar" in Kuala Lumpur on 19 January.
"They (also) exchanged views on the problem of Rakhine Muslims," it said.
Alam expressed satisfaction over the existing close relations between Malaysia and Bangladesh pointing out that increased interactions in the political, economic and commercial areas "elevated the existing relations to newer heights".
The Malaysian minister explained the background of convening the Extraordinary Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers saying "Myanmar cannot ignore the voice of 1.6 billion Muslims".
Alam informed the Malaysian Minister on the recent influx of Rakhine Muslims into Bangladesh, residual refugees of past exodus and of 3,00,000 undocumented Myanmar nationals staying in Bangladesh.
"Rakhine Muslims' problem is not an inter-religious conflict; rather it's a serious human rights issue of persecuted stateless Muslim population of Rakhine State," the statement quoted him as saying.
Both the ministers, it said, agreed on the need for greater role of ASEAN, OIC and the UN to find a durable solution of the problem.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)