Internal situation in Myanmar worsening Rohingya crisis

Says foreign secretary

Staff Correspondent

23rd January, 2019 10:55:36 printer

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque met USAID Administrator Mark Green and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador David Hale and discussed various bilateral issues with them.

The senior US officials welcomed the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary to their respective offices at Washington DC on Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary, who is on official visit to the USA, pointed out that immediately after the formation of the new cabinet by Awami League government, the priorities identified by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is good governance and zero-tolerance policy on corruption.

Haque stated that USA being Bangladesh’s great friend and development partner, the present government looks forward to expanding the existing friendly ties in a multi-sectoral context.

Referring to the Rohingya crisis, Shahidul Haque said the recent internal situation in Northern Rakhine is aggravating the prolonged problem.

He said that it is the responsibility of the Myanmar authorities to create the right condition so that all the Rohingyas currently staying in Bangladesh feel safe to go back to their homesteads. He solicited US support in resolving the crisis.

The US officials lauded the generosity and tolerance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who provided food, shelter, healthcare and education facilities to the displaced people from Myanmar.

If the US investors come forward, Bangladesh would be happy to offer one of its special economic zones to them, said Shahidul Haque.

The US officials termed Bangladesh a partner that highly matters to them and pledged full support towards the solution of the Rohingya crisis.

They were appreciative of the present government’s commitment and various initiatives to nab corruption, combat terrorism and prevent trafficking in person.

The visiting foreign secretary also had meetings with the Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asia Bureau; Ambassador Michael Kozak, Office Chief, Bureau of Democracy, Rights and Labour; Acting Assistant Secretary Carol Thomson O’Connell,  Population, Refugee and Migration Bureau; Ambassador at Large John Cotton Richmond, Office Chief, Trafficking in person and Ambassador at Large Nathan Sales, Counterterrorism  Bureau and Counterterrorism Coordinator.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC were also present.