Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Myanmar refugees absolutely on humanitarian grounds, but it cannot afford to let them live here forever.
She urged France as well as the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar government to take them back to their homeland as French Ambassador Sophie Aubert called on her at her office in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister had called for resolving the Rohingya issue through a political process.
“The problem in the Rakhine state of Myanmar cannot be solved through military action,” she said.
In this connection, the Prime Minister pointed out that the problems in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) had been resolved through negotiations.
French Ambassador Sophie Aubert said her country is ready to help Bangladesh on this refugee issue.
Praising the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the French envoy hoped that the next general elections in Bangladesh will be peaceful.
Referring to cooperation between Bangladesh and France in different fields, the ambassador said cooperation in energy and water sectors has increased a lot. The two countries are also working together on climate change issue, she said.
She reassured the prime minister that the Bangabandhu Satellite, which is due be launched on December 16 this year, will be launched as per schedule.
Sheikh Hasina said she is looking forward to visiting France at the end of the next month and meeting with the French president.
PM’s Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi was present during the meeting.