President of Singapore Halimah Yacob has highly praised the Government of Bangladesh for providing shelter and humanitarian assistance to displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
She said this while at a farewell meeting with the Bangladesh High Commissioner (HC) to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman at Istana, the president's office, on September 1.
President Yakub promised that her country would play a constructive role when the HC sought Singapore's cooperation in other forums, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to ensure the safe and speedy return of the Rohingya.
The HC thanked the Singapore government for all the initiatives it has taken to provide regular free meals to foreign workers living in dormitories in the midst of the novel coronavirus epidemic; along with ensuring wages, public awareness, health care, and reducing workers' health risks.
He further cited these initiatives taken by the host government offer a unique example for the whole world.
In response, President Yakub lauded the outgoing HC for his personal presence in various dormitories in spite of adverse circumstances and for his proactive role in boosting the morale of Bangladeshi workers.
During the meeting, the HC thanked the President of Singapore for her overall support during his four years in office. He noted that during this time, diplomatic relations with Singapore have been strengthened and the field of cooperation has expanded.
HC Rahman also met Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah, and Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng.
After serving in Singapore for almost four years, HC Rahman will leave for Geneva in the middle of this month to take over as Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in Geneva.