Prime Minister asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees | 2017-01-12 |

Prime Minister asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

Sun Online Desk     12th January, 2017 12:57:21 printer

Prime Minister asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the Myanmar authorities to take back tens of thousands of its nationals from Bangladesh.


The premier made the call when visiting Myanmar State Minister for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin met her at her official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday evening, her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters after the meeting.


According to the UN, at least 65,000 people belonging to the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar -- a third of them over the past week -- since a military operation was launched in October following attacks on police posts.


The sudden influx has put enormous strain on impoverished Bangladesh, with Dhaka under pressure to open its border to the refugees. But it has instead reinforced its border posts and deployed coastguard ships to prevent fresh arrivals.


During the meeting, the prime minister said the two countries could permanently solve the refugee problem through discussion.


"Sheikh Hasina said Myanmar should take back the Rohingya who migrated to Bangladesh," Hasina's spokesman Ihsanul Karim said.


Prime Minister reiterated Bangladesh's "zero tolerance policy" against terrorism and mentioned that Bangladesh won't allow its soil to be used for terrorist acts against any of its neighbours, Ihsanul Karim added.


"Bangladesh doesn't allow any armed groups of insurgents to use its territory against any of its neighbours," the press secretary quoted the premier as saying.


Expressing satisfaction over the existing ties between the two neighbours, Sheikh Hasina reaffirmed that Bangladesh values its relations with neigbours.


"I would do whatever is necessary for further strengthening the ties with Myanmar," she said.


Highlighting stunning socioeconomic development of Bangladesh, the prime minister said Myanmar could learn from Bangladesh experiences in this development.


The prime minister invited Myanmar State Cousellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Bangladesh.


During the meeting U Kyaw Tin handed over a letter of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and said Myanmar wants to deepen its ties and cooperation with Bangladesh.


The state minister of Myanmar also laid emphasis on setting up a border liaison office terming this as very important for both countries.


Kyaw Tin also stressed the need for exchanging information between the border forces of the two countries.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Senior Secretary of the PMO Suraiya Begum, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Myo Myint Than were present on the occasion.


Earlier, the Myanmar minister of state for foreign affairs held a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the state guest house Padma in the afternoon.


Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque was present at the meeting, among others.