Burma and Bangladesh foreign ministers meet in Brunei

( Dhaka, 4 July 2013) : Foreign ministers of Burma and Bangladesh have met in Brunei to discuss on various bilateral issues. In the sidelines of 20th 0207-aseanRegional Forum Ministerial Meeting, the foreign ministers of both the neighbouring countries sat together on Tuesday for bilateral discussion, said a diplomatic source.

In the bilateral meeting, the Bangladeshi foreign minister Dipu Moni has offered her Burmese counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin to cooperate in various socio-economic activities in Burma including the Bangladesh bordering Burmese province of Arakan (also known as Rakhine).

She also urged the Burmese foreign minister to resume the voluntary repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh.

Wunna Maung Lwin responded positively to her that the Burmese government would actively consider resuming the repatriation process of the already verified refugees.

The repatriation process could start as the housing and relocation of the Muslim minority people currently residing in makeshift camps of Rakhine State were completed,  the Burmese minister added.

The Bangladesh government in Dhaka had proposed the government in Naypyidaw to launch a bilateral security dialogue in response to various bilateral security related issues, including the information about criminal networks and their activities.

The Burmese minister assured of follow-up actions towards Dhaka’s proposal to establish an institutional mechanism to enhance dialogues between the border security forces of the two neighbouring countries.

Ms Dipu Moni hoped that Bangladesh and Burma would be able to resolve all outstanding issues in the spirit of friendly relationship presently existed between the two countries.