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Indonesia plans to explore Bangladesh untapped potential

Thursday, 22 December 2016


JAKARTA: Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi sees untapped potential in trade and investment with Bangladesh after a bilateral meeting with the South Asian nation’s Foreign Minister A. H. Mahmood Ali in Dhaka.

Retno arrived in Dhaka late on Monday following an informal meeting with fellow Asean foreign ministers to discuss the dire security situation in Myanmar, which has caused more than 20,000 people from the minority Rohingya Muslim community resi­ding in Rakhine state to flee the country to Bangladesh.

Acknowledging that strong bonds with Bangladesh would be an important factor in containing a refugee crisis in the region, the minister discussed the necessary steps to take in assisting the beleaguered Rohingya, who have taken refuge along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border out of fear of persecution in Rakhine.

She also sought to enhance economic co­­operation with the South Asian partner. Both foreign ministers engaged in talks to increase bilateral trade and investment, with two-way trade last year amounting to a mere US$1.4bil (RM6.2bil).

As the current chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for 2016-2017, Retno said that Indonesia also conveyed its appreciation to Bangladesh for its continued support in enhancing cooperation in the Indian Ocean.

Source by: Internet

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