The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has re-assured that the one million plus forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals have to return to Myanmar without any form of fear and persecution.
“It is the responsibility of the Myanmar government and military to create conducive environment so that the Rohingyas feel safe to return home,” he said.US Secretary of State made the comments at a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the US Department on Monday.
This is the first meeting between the two leaders since their assumption of office in respective governments.
On Rohingya issue, The US Secretary of State reiterated that the US would stand beside Bangladesh both politically and financially in finding a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.
He also lauded the humanitarian gesture of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for temporarily sheltering the persecuted Rohingyas.
Foreign Minister Momen said Bangladesh at its own expense has developed the island “Bhashanchar” into a livable place in which one lakh Rohingya people are planned to be relocated in coordination with the UN agencies and different aid groups.
He sought the US support to the creation of a safe zone in Rakhine State monitored by international human rights groups.Regarding deportation of Bangabandhu’s self-confessed and convicted killer Rashed Chowdhury from the USA, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister pointed out that he is fleeing justice.
This is essential to carry out a vital common agenda of both countries pertaining to Counter-terrorism and Countering-Violent Extremism and upholding the rule of law, said foreign minister.
Both leaders agreed that for greater prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, vital energy and infrastructure projects need to be implemented on regional partnership basis. In that respect, leaders of the region need to work together on issues such as governance, accountability, rule of law and maritime security.
Narrating the progress of Bangladesh, Dr Momen expected more investment from the USA in the oil and gas sector and US presence in the Special Economic Zones.
Foreign Minister also sought US support to the candidature of Bangladesh in the upcoming election to the post of Deputy Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Later in the day, the visiting Bangladesh Minister held meetings with senior officials of the US State Department and Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Kupperman. Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin accompanied the Minister at the meetings.