Bangladesh and the Maldives agree to address and counter threats posed by organized crime, piracy, drugs and human trafficking, through multilateral and regional forums, including the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), with the aim of achieving security, stability and peace in the Indian Ocean region.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih agreed on the importance of working together bilaterally, regionally and internationally to address the growing threat of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization, according to a joint statement released Thursday.
The two leaders stressed that regional organizations such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation have an important role to play in promoting regional cooperation in many areas, especially in the fight against the current Covid-pandemic. 19.
The Bangladeshi side stressed that the country has assumed the presidency of IORA for the first time, since October 2021 and requested the support of the Maldives to work together for greater maritime safety and security in the Indian Ocean region. .
President Solih congratulated Bangladesh and assured it of the Maldives’ cooperation in this regard.
Solih thanked Sheikh Hasina for the generous donation of military vehicles, acknowledging the goodwill and friendship extended to the Maldives by the government of Bangladesh.
President Solih reaffirmed the Maldives’ support for Bangladesh on the issue of forcibly displaced Burmese nationals.
The President added that the Maldives continue to condemn in the strongest terms the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar and stand in solidarity with the Rohingya people.
Solih further commended Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Government of Bangladesh for graciously welcoming the displaced Rohingya community, providing them with protection and shelter, and its efforts to facilitate their peaceful and dignified repatriation to their countries of origin.
President Solih and Prime Minister Hasina reaffirmed their commitment to promote and protect human rights in all fora.
They also agreed to give their full support to the candidatures presented by one or the other country in various international organizations, including the United Nations. The two leaders reiterated their commitment to promote human rights.
At the invitation of President Solih, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is currently on a state visit to the Maldives from December 22 to 23, said the joint statement shared by the Foreign Ministry.
Sheikh Hasina is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr AK Abdul Momen, Minister of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque and senior officials of the Government of Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received a solemn welcome in Male.