Malaysia may start manpower recruitment from Bangladesh in August, said Foreign Minister (FM) Dr A K Abdul Momen after a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Sunday.
Talking to the newsmen after the meeting he also said the new Malaysian government is formulating a comprehensive manpower recruitment policy, and fresh recruitment will start after that.
However, he hinted that the number of categories, under which the workers will be recruited, may rise.
The Malaysian minister said Bangladeshi workers are contributing to the nation building of Malaysia, he added.
On the issue of Rohingyas, Mr Abdullah said his country believes that repatriation of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar is the only solution of the crisis, and the process should start 'as soon as possible'.
He also assured the Bangladeshi FM that Malaysia is working with the ASEAN countries to ensure a safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas.
At the end of this year the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) may come out with a concrete repatriation plan, he added.
"But we also think that the Rohingyas should also be included in the repatriation process planning."
Dr. Momen added that the issue of signing a free trade agreement (FTA) was also discussed during the meeting.
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