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Indonesian Foreign Minister met Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali MP

Indonesian Foreign Minister met Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali MP. Foreign Minister of the Republic Indonesia H.E Ms. Retno L.P. Marsudi met the Foreign Minister A.H Mahmood Ali MP this afternoon at the State Guest House Padma. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam MP was also present at the meeting.

Indonesian Foreign Minister is now in Bangladesh on a one day visit. She reached Dhaka at around 12.00 am from Myanmar where she met the Myanmar State Counsellor Suu Kyi, Minister at the State Counsellor’s Office, National Security Adviser, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Armed Forces.

The two Foreign Ministers discussed ways and means to further strengthen bilateral cooperation.They exchanged views on pertinent regional issues, particularly the evolving humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and implication of unprecedented level of influx of Muslim population from the Rakhine State seeking shelter into Bangladesh.

Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali expressed deep concern that more than one hundred thousand desperate Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August and tens of thousands more are on their way, to save their lives. He regretted that current influx has added to the burden of hosting around four hundred thousand of Myanmar nationals for decades.

Referring to the Government’s policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards violent extremism and terrorism, Foreign Minister affirmed that Bangladesh does not allow any militant group or non-state actor to use her territory for any kind of activities inimical to her neighbors and has been cooperating with Myanmar in the Security Sector.

He also disclosed that Bangladesh also offered humanitarian help to the Myanmar government by providing financial help to erect cyclone shelters in the Rakhine State and ambulances for hospitals.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi informed that during her meeting with State Counsellor of Myanmar, she conveyed Indonesia’s concern over the recent out-break of violence, offered them a set of recommendations which they dub as “4+1” Formula.

She mentioned that the restoration of stability and public order, maximum self-restraint and non-use of force, protection for all, without exception or segregation based on ethnicity or religion and open access to humanitarian aid are the main four recommendations whereas that last ‘1’ refers to the implementation of recommendations made in the final report of the Kofi Annan Commission.

Indonesian Foreign Minister informed that as the largest Muslim country in the world, it has domestic compulsion to respond to the crisis so that it can be resolved peacefully. For this reason, she explained Indonesia’s position to work concertedly with Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Foreign Minister emphasized that Bangladesh should not be the victim of repeated instability and violence in Myanmar. He also stressed on durable solution of the problem in the Rakhine State can only be resolved through the full implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission.

Indonesian Foreign Minister will meet Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina this evening and leave Bangladesh tonight.

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