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4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Rohingya repatriation

Delhi to help Dhaka resolve crisis

DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

India has reiterated that it would support Bangladesh’s efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis. The assurance came in a recent letter that the Indian foreign minister, S Jaishankar, wrote to his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen. In the letter, Jaishankar mentioned that the safe, speedy and sustainable return of displaced persons to Myanmar is in the best interests of all concerned. This is also in the best interest of lasting regional security and stability, he added.

The Indian minister also expressed his admiration for Bangladesh in shouldering the burden of hosting around one million displaced persons from Rakhine state in Myanmar, a press release said yesterday. Jaishankar’s letter came a day after Momen had sought India’s cooperation to mount pressure on Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set a unique example in terms of humanity to the world by giving shelter to the forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh. We need strong support on the Rohingya issue from India to ensure that they (Myanmar) will take back the Rohingyas in a dignified manner from our country,” Momen said at the India-Bangladesh Friendship Dialogue in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.

Even in the India-Bangladesh joint statement made during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the neighbouring country, her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, had appreciated Bangladesh’s generosity in sheltering and providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees. India will supply a fifth tranche of humanitarian assistance to support the Bangladeshi government’s humanitarian efforts to shelter the Rohingyas in temporary camps in Cox’s Bazar, the statement said.

Besides, the Rohingya issue was discussed during the seventh home minister-level bilateral talks held in New Delhi in August. At that time, the Indian home minister, Amit Shah, assured Bangladesh of assisting in the repatriation of Rohingyas to ensure their return to Myanmar safely and quickly. At present, Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas since the influx started in August 2017.

As of now, the repatriation process has not started, though two unsuccessful attempts were made because the Rohingyas had demanded citizenship first before their repatriation. Even Myanmar did not make any conducive environment for the safe return of the Rohingyas.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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