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China is willing to facilitate BD-Myanmar dialogue: Wang Yi

Published : Saturday, 18 November, 2017 at 9:06 PM  Count : 286

China is willing to facilitate BD-Myanmar dialogue: Wang Yi

China is willing to facilitate BD-Myanmar dialogue: Wang Yi

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday expressed Beijing’s eagerness to facilitate a dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis as he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“We’re willing to facilitate the dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis,” premier’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted him as saying while briefing reporters after the meeting at Ganabhaban this evening.

The Chinese foreign minister, he said, acknowledged that the Rohingya crisis was a big challenge for Bangladesh and described it as an internal problem of Myanmar.

Wang said China also did not want the progress of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) to be slowed down for the Rohingya issue either.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated her call to the international community including China to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back their nationals from Bangladesh.

“Myanmar will have to take back them with safety, security and dignity for a durable solution to the problem . . . We’ve good relations with Myanmar, but the Rohingyas are their people and they will have to take them back,” she said.

Narrating the plight of the Rohingya people, particularly women and children, the premier said Bangladesh gave them shelter to them on humanitarian grounds.

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