'We're looking for a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis through diplomatic efforts'
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Monday said Dhaka will not make any suicidal decisions, such as getting involved in a war with Myanmar, as it wants a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis through diplomatic efforts.
“Why should we get involved in war? We won’t do that. Why should we destroy our development? We want peace,” he told reporters after briefing diplomats at the state guesthouse in Padma in the afternoon.
He said Bangladesh is now a role model for the development for many countries in the world, including some developed ones.
The minister cited Iraq, Syria and Yemen as some examples of countries that have witnessed extensive destruction because of war.
“Why should we go to that direction? Why should we commit suicide? We won’t take any suicidal steps,” he said, as the top Bangladesh diplomat reiterated that there would be no fight with Myanmar.
The minister also invited all who wished to voice their opinions on the issue to take part in the discussion to be held at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Tuesday morning.
“We’ll discuss openly. You all come and take part in the discussion,” he said, adding that the event will focus on Rohingya crisis.
Minister Ali said the entire international community is beside Bangladesh on the issue and all should be united on the mater.
He also expressed his displeasure over comments made by various quarters questioning the Foreign Ministry’s role.
“We’re looking for a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis through diplomatic efforts.”
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were also present.
Over 519,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, following relentless persecution in Rakhine, with Bangladesh urging the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals and make their return to their homeland sustainable.