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No scope to allow a single Rohingya to enter Bangladesh: Quader

Published : Wednesday, 7 February, 2024 at 9:19 PM  Count : 518

No scope to allow a single Rohingya to enter Bangladesh: Quader

No scope to allow a single Rohingya to enter Bangladesh: Quader


Commenting that Rohingyas have become 'a great burden for Bangladesh', Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has said no Rohingya would be allowed to enter Bangladesh anymore.

"Being the victims of repression and torture, thousands of Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh. The government is facing acute crisis with them. Not a single Rohingya would be allowed to enter the country anew," he said while addressing a press briefing at Setu Bhaban in the city's Banani on Wednesday.
Quader said: "Once we opened our border for Rohingya influx showing generosity. There is no scope of showing that generosity again."

The minister said thousands of Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh territory in 2017 and took refuge here have become a burden for the country. The international aid for Rohingyas has declined to a great extent. "In such a situation, how long we will carry this burden," he asked.

Terming the Myanmar's crisis as the country's "internal crisis," the Awami League general secretary said, "It's the internal crisis of Myanmar. The conflict between the government troops and Arakan Army is their own domestic problem. What they will deal with the crisis is their own matter."

Quader said foreign minister has gone to India. "We will also hold talks with China and India. The Myanmar ambassador to Bangladesh has already been asked to take back those BGP personnel who fled to Bangladesh," he said.

About the recent statements of BNP leaders, he said BNP is now extremely disappointed because of its failure in movement and not joining the elections.

To overcome that frustration, the AL general secretary said, the BNP leaders will now oppose the government in the name of opposition and they have decided to do so.

Earlier in the morning at Setu Bhaban, a delegation, led by World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Abdoulaye Seck, held a meeting with Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on the progress of various projects financed by the global lender.

During the meeting, the minister said the government is implementing a road safety project involving about Tk 5,000 crore aiming to check road accidents and minimise loss and damage on the roads.

The five-year project will be completed by June 30, 2028, he added.

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