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Quader: India has changed its stance on Rohingya issue

  • Published at 08:39 pm October 25th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:54 am October 26th, 2017

India has changed its position and is now working with the Myanmar government to return the displaced Rohingya people from their country, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said. Quader - who is also the Roads, Transport and Bridges Minister - made the comments to journalists after a meeting at Setu Bhaban yesterday with the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Vardhan Shringla. “India has changed its previous stance on the Rohingya issue and they are now working to convince Myanmar to take back its nationals through diplomatic channels,” Quader said. Quader anticipated that the Rohingya crisis will soon come to an end. He said: “We cannot say when the crisis is going to be solved but we can say that we have made some progress in solving the issue.” The minister also discussed the Teesta River Water Sharing Agreement during his meeting with Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday morning. “The Indian High Commissioner assured us that India’s central government is working with West Bengal government on the Teesta issue,” he said. Quader said the next national election of Bangladesh was also discussed during the meeting. Criticising the BNP, he said there was confusion over strategy at the top of the main opposition party. “BNP leaders do not know what they actually want. Earlier they demanded an independent and facilitative election-time government, but now they have started demanding a caretaker government again,” he said. “It is impossible to change the constitution again before the election. But BNP can change it after the next election if they win in the polls.” Quader told the journalists that a delegation of Awami League will visit India in the first week of December following an invitation extended by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).