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Dhaka to push Beijing for Rohingya repatriation

Published : Monday, 24 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 810
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Bangladesh is to seek 'effective' Chinese support in resolving the Rohingya crisis during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's scheduled Beijing tour from July 1 to 5.
"So far the signal we are getting from Beijing is that they (China) agree
with us (over the issue) and want Myanmar to take back their displaced people (Rohingyas)," Foreign Minister Dr Momen told journalists on Sunday at National Sports Council (NSC).
The Foreign Minister said Dhaka is expecting to sign a number of instruments with      China to implement some mega development projects and we are hopeful to get Chinese credit to implement our big projects.
He was attending the closing ceremony of Hanmadang Championship organized by Taekwondo Federation with the support of the Embassy of South Korea in Dhaka.
"Dhaka will share its concerns over Rohingya issue with Beijing. Rohingya issue has been set as a major agenda of the Prime Minister's talks with Chinese President." he said.
The Foreign Minister said Myanmar never refused to take back the Rohingyas rather it repeatedly promised to take them back while 'we have already done whatever is needed on our side' like preparing their biometric data and list of displaced Rohingyas, unfortunately, Myanmar failed to create conducive environment inside Rakhine State to ensure safe repatriation of their people (Rohingyas)," he added.
Pointing fingers at the Rohingya problem, he said Bangladesh will convey its fear of "radicalism and uncertainty" in the region on security front to China due to the prolonged stay of Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister said China might face problem in achieving its desired goal if uncertainty prevails in the region. "China is investing a lot in Myanmar. China has also invested in Bangladesh. The investment will bring no benefit if there's no peace and discipline. We'll also convey it to China," Dr Momen said.
He said peace needs to be ensured in the region for the betterment of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar.
Dr Momen said China is with Bangladesh on the matter of repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State from Bangladesh.
"Bangladesh wants China to push Myanmar to resume the repatriation process during Prime Minister Hasina's upcoming China visit," he added.
Bangladesh and China plan to bolster their "strategic partnership" taking it to a new height during PM Hasina's crucial visit "bringing big" for expediting the country's ongoing development.
Bangladesh formally joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in October, 2016.Under the BRI framework, China wants to share its development experiences with other countries and improve connectivity between Asia and Europe and Africa.

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