Bangladesh and Malaysia are going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence training and technical cooperation, said Visiting Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Bin Sabu.
“We’re preparing to sign an MoU on defence training and technical cooperation,” said the Malaysian minister while holding a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.
“The Malaysian minister conveyed greetings of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to Sheikh Hasina,” said the premier’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim while briefing the reporters after the meeting.
Mentioning that the bilateral relations between the two countries are very good, Minister Sabu said “We’ll continue to promote this for the mutual benefits of the two countries.”
Sabu also appreciated the economic growth of Bangladesh under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina saying that “The country’s 7.78 percent GDP growth is highly appreciable.”
While talking about the Rohingya crisis, he said Malaysia will continue supporting Bangladesh over repatriation of the Rohingyas.
Sheikh Hasina said the international pressure should continue on Myanmar for taking their nationals back.
Mentioning Bangladesh’s effort to help the persecuted community, the prime minister said, “Bangladesh is now developing an island for relocating the Rohingyas.”
Sheikh Hasina also emphasized on cooperation among the South and Southeast Asian countries to expedite the development pace of this region as these countries are very resourceful.
In the meeting, the premier focused on Bangladesh’s development in agricultural sector and said the country is now a food-sufficient one.
“We’ve developed saline and drought-tolerant rice variety, too,” said Sheikh Hasina.
Mentioning fratricidal conflicts among the Muslim countries ‘unfortunate’, Hasina put emphasis on strengthening the relations among those countries.
Hasina congratulated Sabu for being elected as Member of Parliament and being appointed as the Defence Minister of Malaysia in the new cabinet.
She recalled her visit to Malaysia in December 2014 and greeted Mahathir Mohamad.
Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman and PM’s Military Secretary Major General Miah Mohammad Zainul Abedin were present at the meeting.