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WB to support Bangladesh in managing Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 12:57 pm July 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 03:46 pm July 1st, 2018
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Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim shaking hands Courtesy

Over 700,000 people fled to Bangladesh after atrocities carried out by the Myanmar army from August 2017

World Bank has assured its support to the Bangladesh government in managing the Rohingya crisis.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim made the statement in a meeting with Finance Minister AMA Muhith at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday.

In a joint statement to newsmen, Jim Yong Kim said his organization has great faith in the direction Bangladesh is going under leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

He said: “This year, we gave a lending to Bangladesh of over US$3 billion, which is the second largest among the countries in the world where we finance. 

“It is also a very clear indication of the faith that we have in the direction that the government and country is heading,” he said.

He also said the World Bank has already announced a $480 million grant for supporting the Rohingyas.

“We [the UN secretary general and Kim] are here to express our gratitude to the people of Bangladesh and government for receiving so many refugees in a manner that has been peaceful and humane,” the World Bank president said.

He said they will be visiting the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar as they are extremely concerned about the situation of the Rohingyas.

Kim said: “This situation is crying out for response.

“What we are insisting is that generous humane countries that support refugees should not be punished for that.” 

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With insistence from the finance minister and prime minister of Bangladesh, World Bank is doing everything they can to ensure that resources are coming in the form of grants, he added.

“The situation is a humanitarian tragedy, we need to make sure that Rohingyas can go back in a peaceful way. We support the UN agreements,” Kim said.

About Bangladesh's role in dealing with the crisis, Kim said: “We can say that the rest of the world is grateful to Bangladesh.”

The finance minister of Bangladesh AMA Muhith said Bangladesh has taken the refugees with open arms, however, it certainly wants them (refugees) to go back to their own country with dignity, and safely.

“And this is all we want and this is where we are getting support from the international community,” he added.

Over 700,000 people fled to Bangladesh after the atrocities carried out by Myanmar army from August 2017.