Bangladesh FM to visit Myanmar’s Rakhine State on Aug 9 amid Rohingya crisis
Senior Correspondent bdnews24.com
Published: 2018-08-03 20:16:01.0 BdST Updated: 2018-08-03 22:31:03.0 BdST
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali is going to Myanmar on Aug 9 to see the preparations for accommodation facilities, particularly installation of pre-fabricated houses for repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
Ali told Indian State Minister for External Affairs VK Singh about his plan during a meeting on Friday in Singapore on the sidelines of the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum, the foreign ministry said. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque earlier last month said they had proposed to visit the Rakhine State to see the situation before the beginning of the repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh.
Both sides have signed deals for a safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingyas following an “ethnic cleansing” of the Muslim-majority Rakhine State.
The two ministers discussed the latest situation on the repatriation pursuant to the agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar. State Minister Singh reasserted India’s readiness to extend all possible cooperation and support to Bangladesh for implementation of the terms of the agreement, the foreign ministry said.
He also communicated India’s interest in the Solar Alliance and renewable energy cooperation with Bangladesh.He reaffirmed India’s commitment to accelerate the BIMSTEC process and sought Bangladesh’s support. Singh also offered assistance to Bangladesh regarding establishment of a ‘holocaust museum’ in memory of the martyrs of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
Ali meets Canadian FM
The foreign minister also met Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on the sidelines of the Forum. She praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her extraordinary approach in giving shelter to more than one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said.
Freeland reiterated Canada’s readiness to help mitigate the sufferings of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.Mahmood Ali thanked Canada for its “overwhelming support” for the cause of Rohingyas issue.
He conveyed the invitation of the prime minister to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Bangladesh. Singapore is hosting the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum’s Foreign Ministers Meeting from Aug 3 to 4. The foreign minister will deliver speech at the retreat session on Saturday.