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Russia promises Bangladesh that the Rohingya issue will be seen in new light

  • Published at 05:41 PM October 17, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:17 PM October 17, 2017
Russia promises Bangladesh that the Rohingya issue will be seen in new light
Rohingya refugees walk by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh in the last month, fleeing a vicious Myanmar military crackdown on Rohingya rebels that has gutted villages across northern Rakhine state. Scores have drowned while trying to cross waters separating the two countries, while those who survive face new dangers as they cram into squalid refugee settlements where food and clean water are in short supply AFP

The Rohingya issue came to the fore in the discussion, on the backdrop of the overnight inclusion of Rohingya crisis as the “sole emergency item” in the agenda of the assembly on Monday

Russia is likely to give higher importance to the Rohngya issue in its foreign policy in the coming days.

Senator Konstantin Kusachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russian Upper House, made the assurance while exchanging views with a Bangladesh delegation during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 137th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which is now being held at Russia’s St Petersburg, according to a press release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry Tuesday.

The Rohingya issue came to the fore in the discussion, on the backdrop of the overnight inclusion of Rohingya crisis as the “sole emergency item” in the agenda of the assembly on Monday. The proposal was placed at the assembly by the Bangladesh delegation.

Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Md Fazle Rabbi Miah and the Chief Whip ASM Feroze represented the Bangladesh side while Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russian Upper House Senator Konstantin Kosachev and Deputy Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of State Duma Andrei Klimov were on the Russian side during the meeting, held at 12 on Monday.

In the meeting, the Deputy Speaker invited Kosachev to visit Bangladesh to see the situation in person to overcome their misconceptions as a result of the false propaganda carried out by the Myanmar Government.

Kosachev ensured that this issue will get higher importance in Russian foreign affairs agenda in the coming days.

Chief Whip ASM Feroze cleared out the misconception of the Russian side that the Rohingya people illegally crossed border from Bangladesh to Myanmar to stay in the Rakhine state in the past, and that religious rivalry was the root cause of the crisis in Rakhine.

He explained in detail the history of the attachment of the Rohingya people to the land of Rakhine state since the Mughal empire.

He chronicled the development of multi-ethnicity in the Burmese land since it was harnessed to the British empire in 1828.

The delegation was accompanied by the Bangladesh Ambassador to the Russian Federation Dr Saiful Hoque and Counsellor (Political) of the Embassy Dr Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur.

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