Japan to provide $329m to combat C-19 in BD, Abe tells Hasina
Japan will provide 329 million US dollars to Bangladesh as grant to combat coronavirus (COVID-19).
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday made the announcement when he talked to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina over phone, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made this announcement when he talked to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina over phone this afternoon," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
He informed that the two leaders talked over phone nearly 25-minute.
'The telephonic talks that began around 1.05 pm, the two premiers discussed issues related to COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral economic cooperation and the projects being implemented with Japanese assistance," Karim said.
He said Abe informed Hasina that their parliament has already approved the grant.
Karim said the Bangladesh prime minister sought more investment from Japan to further bolster economic ties as well as put emphasis on further strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries.
Hasina apprised Abe of the current Rohingya situation.
In reply, the Japanese premier said he would talk to Myanmar leadership to solve the Rohingya crisis, the press secretary said.
Hasina thanked Abe for providing protective equipment like PPE, masks and goggles to Bangladesh to contain coronavirus transmission.
The Bangladesh prime minister hoped that the 2020 Summer Olympics, which was scheduled to be organised this year in Tokyo but postponed due to the pandemic, will be held in 2021 in Japan in time.