July 05, 2017

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National Security Advisor visits Dhaka

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, right, meets with U Thaung Tun, Myanmar’s National Security Advisor. Photo: MNA

 At the invitation of Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, National Security Advisor to the Union Government of Myanmar U Thaung Tun visited Dhaka, Bangladesh from Sunday until yesterday. During his stay, he called on H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and met with Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr Asaduzzaman Khan, Minister of Home Affairs, Maj.-Gen. (Ret) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Defence and Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Lt.-Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy, Commandant of the National Defence College, on separate occasions.
In his meetings, the National Security Advisor apprised the Bangladeshi side of matters pertaining to Myanmar’s efforts for peace, reconciliation and economic development; and promotion of relations with all countries, particularly its neighbours. He also touched on promoting ties of friendship and cooperation between Myanmar and Bangladesh; expediting the signing of the proposed memorandum of understanding at a mutually convenient time; and further strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism and narcotic drugs.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Home Affairs and the Defence and Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh also expressed their views on further strengthening cooperation in the areas of culture and tourism promotion; and pursing a policy of zero tolerance for terrorism. They also assured the Myanmar side that they will not allow any individual or group to use their territory for subversive activities against any neighbouring country, and that they will not accept separatist movements. They also expressed their desire to expedite the signing of a MoU on the establishment of Border Liaison Offices (BLO) and a MoU on Security Cooperation at the earliest opportunity.
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh discussed matters relating to the promotion of bilateral relations, cooperation in the energy sector and in the fight against narcotic drugs. She requested the repatriation of so-called residents from Myanmar.
The National Security Advisor informed the Prime Minister that Myanmar was carrying out a national verification process and stressed the importance of the successful completion of the process. Yesterday morning, the National Security Advisor visited the Embassy of Myanmar in Dhaka and met with the Charge d affaires, the Military Attaché and staff of the Embassy. He explained Myanmar’s efforts for peace and economic development and the outcome of the visit to Dhaka. National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun and party returned to Yangon yesterday.—Myanmar News Agency

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