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Dhaka seeks sustained pressure on Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 02:11 pm August 3rd, 2018
Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017 Reuters

Bangladesh emphasized that the international community must sustain humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar

Bangladesh has stressed that the United States and the international community must sustain their pressure on Myanmar’s government to stop the violence.

Bangladesh also emphasized that the international community must ensure a continuous flow of humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh—as well as for Rohingyas internally displaced in Myanmar’s  Rakhine state, reports UNB.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin met with Senator Jeff Merkley, an influential member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on Thursday, and discussed the matter.

Senator Merkley led a congressional delegation to Bangladesh and Myanmar in November 2017, said the embassy on Friday.

Senator Merkley was accompanied by Senator Dick Durbin, and US Representatives Betty McCollum, Jan Schakowsky, and David Cicilline.

The delegation visited the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, and followed up on the efforts taken by U.S. lawmakers to create pressure on Myanmar to resolve the crisis.

The ambassador informed the senator that the government of Bangladesh was doing its best, with limited resources, to cater to the needs of over a million persecuted Rohingyas temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh.

Ambassador Ziauddin thanked the senator for leading the delegation to Bangladesh last year, and clarified the ramifications of the crisis.

The ambassador referred to some concrete steps to be considered by US authorities to create sustained pressure on Myanmar’s government—to stop the violence immediately and to return the Rohingyas to their homes.

During his discussion with the ambassador, the senator enquired about the ways the US could do more for the repatriation process of the Rohingyas.

Senator Merkley lauded Bangladesh's humanitarian efforts for the persecuted Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh.

He expressed deep appreciation to the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to such a large number of forcibly displaced people.