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China for quick solution to Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 10:46 pm July 5th, 2019
Myanmar-Rohingya issue
File photo: Rohingya refugees gather at a market inside a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 7, 2019 Reuters

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said there is no difference in opinion between China and Bangladesh over how to resolve the crisis

Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed that there should be a quick solution to the Rohingya crisis so that the displaced people can go back to their homeland soon.

“The two leaders agreed that the Rohingya crisis will have to be solved quickly. It cannot be kept unsolved anymore. Two years have elapsed after signing the agreements. There is not any difference in opinion,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said while briefing reporters after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.

The meeting was held at Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, the Chinese capital, in the afternoon, reports UNB.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said there is no difference in opinion between China and Bangladesh over how to resolve the crisis. “The solution is that the Rohingyas will have to return to their homeland,” he added.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas, which is a big challenge for Bangladesh. It has emerged as environmental and security challenges and trafficking problem in particular, she added.

“We expect goodwill of the Chinese government and the president so that the displaced Rohingyas can go back,” the prime minister said.

In response, the Chinese president assured the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that China was working with Myanmar and Bangladesh in this regard in the past and will be working now as well.

Xi Jinping said their (China) goal is also the quick return of the Rohingyas to their homeland. 

Xi Jinping had a number of queries and the prime minister also raised the gravity of the Rohingya crisis well. The Rohingya issue continued also during the dinner hosted by the Chinese president, said the foreign secretary.

“At the meeting, it was agreed that the representatives of the two countries will work together. They will also use their goodwill on Myanmar,” said Shahidul.

The prime minister told the Chinese president that the Rohingyas do not want to go back to Myanmar as they are afraid of the recurrence of persecution there. She also requested China to use its goodwill in this regard.

In response, Xi Jinping said there is very slim possibility of recurrence of such things as there is international attention on it.

He said they will try as much as possible in this regard as both Bangladesh and Myanmar are close friends of China. China treats the two friends equally, he added.