Saudi Arabia won't send 54,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh: FM
Published : Friday, 25 September, 2020 at 6:30 PM Count : 172
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Riyadh will not send some 54,000 Rohingya living in Saudi Arabia over the last several decades.
Momen was talking to newsmen after attending a function in Dhaka on Friday.
Dr Momen said, "The Saudi government told us that Rohingyas living in their country would be benefitted if Bangladesh issues passports in favour of them, because they don't allow the statelss people to live in their country."
A three-member committee headed by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen has been formed to examine the request made by the Saudi government about issuing passports. "It doesn't mean that the Saudi government would send them to Bangladesh."
The Foreign Minister said some 40 years ago the then Saudi authorities took the Rohingyas to their country from Myanmar witnessing their sufferings. They don't have any passport and they speak in Arabic.
At present, there are more than 1.1 million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. They fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in the face of torture, repression, rape and genocide by the army of that country.