India Today Oct 12, 2017 05:59 pm
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will visit Myanmar for holding talks with the Myanmar government on repatriation of the Rohingyas.
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman KhanBangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said he would visit Myanmar on October 23 in order to holding talks with Naypyidaw on repatriation of Rohingya Muslims. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Maynmar and entered Bangaldesh in the wake of a crackdown launched by security forces in the the state of Rakhine.

Khan told the media that the main agenda of his meeting with the Myanmar government would be the "quick repatriation of Rohingya". "Myanmar has assured (us that they will) take back their citizens," Khan added.

The minister plans to lead a nine-member delegation that includes top bureaucrats and police officials. "We want to resolve all the problems (between Myanmar and Bangladesh) but the main agenda would be to (the repatriation of) all Rohingyas," Khan added.

The home minister said he would request the Myanmar government to ensure a safe environment for the Rohingya in Rakhine state, so that they do not feel compelled to flee their homes for Bangladesh once again. "We hope the situation will improve through this visit," Khan added.

Replying to another query, he said, "We want to visit the Rakhine state where the Rohingyas live to see the situation there," adding that the delegation would only visit the state if the Myanmar government gives them the go ahead.

Earlier, the Minister for the Office of the State Counselor of Myanmar Kyaw Tint Swe, during a visit to Dhaka, had agreed to take back over half a million Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.

"Myanmar has proposed to take back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh," Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told newsmen emerging from a meeting with the Myanmar minister on October 2.

On October 3, ambassadors of 20 mostly western countries said in a joint statement delivered in Myanmar that they saw Rohingya villages were being burned to the ground and residents fleeing their homes during a visit to Rakhine.

The envoys represented the United States, the European Union, Britain, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, Sweden and Finland.

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