Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Wednesday said he is willing to stay back in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw on November 22-23 after attending the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ meeting for negotiation and finalisation of a bilateral “arrangement” on repatriation of Rohingyas who crossed into Bangladesh following persecution in their homeland.
He said he cannot visit Nay Pyi Taw on November 16-17 as desired by Myanmar ahead of the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ meeting scheduled for November 20-21 since the Foreign Ministers of China, Japan, Germany and Sweden are coming to Bangladesh at that time.
The Foreign Minister had a meeting with the High Commissioner of India, the Ambassadors of China and Thailand in Dhaka, and the New Delhi based Ambassador of Lao PDR to Bangladesh on Wednesday at the state guesthouse Padma and conveyed them about his plan.
The Foreign Minister discussed with the envoys of the countries having borders with Myanmar about the ongoing situation of Rohingya refugees who have fled their homeland and taken shelter in Bangladesh, exchanged views with them, and updated them on Bangladesh’s efforts and engagement with international community in resolving the crisis.
He also discussed with them about the Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council issued on November 5 and sought cooperation and support of their countries for a sustainable solution of the crisis.
The Foreign Minister touched upon the status of ongoing bilateral discussion with Myanmar on repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry were present at the meeting.