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Japan will continue to work toward the resolution of Rohingya issue, says envoy

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 17th July, 2023 06:47:46 PM
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Japan will continue to work toward the resolution of Rohingya issue, says envoy

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As the Rohingya crisis is turning into its sixth year, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori said it is essential to keep the attention of the global community, while multiple emergencies have been taking place in different parts of the world.

In this regard, he said Japan will continue to work toward the resolution of the Rohingya issue.

The Japanese Ambassador had his second official visit to the camp in Cox's Bazar, where over 960,000 Rohingya populations reside, on July 15-17.

Ambassador Iwama visited the Composite Bamboo Shelters of UNHCR, the Water Treatment Plant, the Plastic Recycle Plant and the Bamboo Treatment Facility of IOM, an Aggregation Centre of WFP-FAO, a Fecal Sludge Management System of UNICEF-DSK, the Multipurpose Women Centre of UN Women, an E-voucher Outlet and an Integrated Nutrition Centre of WFP, the Primary Health Care of UNFPA, and the Hospital on the Hillof Médecins sans frontiers.

He also discussed with refugee volunteers and exchanged views with Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner RRRC).

Since the large influx in August 2017, Japan has contributed over US $210 million to various interventions in Cox's Bazar as well as in Bhasan Char through international organisations and NGOs.

These assistances included food assistance, healthcare, WASH, shelter, protection, and gender mainstreaming.

Witnessing the ongoing activities in the field, Ambassador Iwama said, "This is my second visit to the Rohingya camp, and I saw and understood the situation in the camps such as malnutrition, which also affects the health of the refugees.”

“I appreciate the efforts of the Bangladesh government, UN agencies, and NGOs to protect the refugees. Japan will continue to support resolving this issue including funding assistance and cooperation with the government and these agencies”.