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Bangladesh expresses concern over Rohingyas

Update : 11 Apr 2013, 12:22 PM


Bangladesh during the second security dialogue with the us, held in Washington on Tuesday, expressed concern over the Rohingya issue, as undocumented Myanmar nationals who have migrated to Bangladesh have already posed security threats.

“The Bangladesh delegation drew us attention to the reported association of some illegal entrants with foreign terrorist outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and expressed concern that unless the Rohingya issue is resolved through proper international initiatives, the porous Bangladesh-Myanmar border may degenerate into a recruiting camp for militants,” read a written statement released by the Bangladesh embassy in Washington yesterday.

Dhaka sought further us support for peaceful repatriation of Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.

The 14-member Bangladesh delegation was led by Additional Foreign Secretary Ambassador Mustafa Kamal and comprised of senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Defence, Disaster Management, Armed Forces Division, and Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, dc.

Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Andrew J Shapiro led the us deputation. Ambassador Robert O Blake, assistant secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Affairs, also attended the dialogue.

Officials from both sides exchanged ideas on multiple issues pertaining to bilateral security, such as identification of strategic priorities, deeper engagement on both military and non-military security aspects, security cooperation, Bangladesh's role in un peacekeeping, and combating counter-terrorism.

usassured Bangladesh of both technical and resource support for security institution building, training and exchange of professionals, and granting of un accreditation to the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (bipsot).

The Bangladesh delegation suggested that the un could recruit more women peacekeepers from Bangladesh, who continue to join both the army and the police in increasing numbers.

The us officials mentioned that candid discussions at the security dialogue exhibit the strength of Bangladesh –us relations, and expressed their eagerness to work with Bangladesh for bilateral, regional and global security.  

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