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Hasina, Modi for expediting efforts for sustainable Rohingya repatriation

India will supply a fifth tranche of humanitarian assistance to shelter the Rohingyas at temporary camps in Cox’s Bazar

Update : 05 Oct 2019, 08:22 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have agreed on the need to expedite “safe, speedy, and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingyas.

The two leaders discussed the issue at a bilateral meeting held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, on Saturday, reports UNB.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, and most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since august 25, 2017.

Two repatriation attempts went unsuccessful, amid lack of required conditions in Rakhine State, and Myanmar’s failure to remove “trust-deficit” among Rohingyas.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed the gratitude of the government of Bangladesh for the humanitarian assistance provided by India since September 2017 to help meet the needs of displaced persons from Myanmar, a joint statement issued on the official visit of Prime Minister Hasina to India said.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurating 3 joint development projects via video link in Bangladesh and signing 7 memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries in Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday, October 5, 2019 Focus Bangla

Appreciating Bangladesh’s generosity in sheltering, and providing humanitarian assistance to forcibly displaced Rohingyas, Indian Prime Minister Modi has agreed to supply a fifth tranche of humanitarian assistance to support the government of Bangladesh in sheltering the Rohingyas at temporary camps in Cox’s Bazar.

This tranche of aid will comprise of tents, relief, and rescue materials as well as 1,000 sewing machines for the skill development of the Rohingya women.

In addition, India has completed the first project of building 250 houses in Rakhine state of Myanmar, and is now preparing to implement another set of socio-economic development projects in the area.

Partners in the region, world

The two prime ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work closely in the UN, and other multilateral organizations.

They also reaffirmed their commitment to work together, particularly in the international arena, to call upon developed countries to fulfill their commitments on the means of implementation as enshrined in Agenda 2030.

Giving priority to regional and sub-regional cooperation, the two leaders agreed to streamline the activities of Bimstec to make it an effective vehicle to achieve the aim of collective prosperity for all member countries.

Apart from her official engagements in New Delhi, during her four-day visit, Prime Minister Hasina was also invited as the chief guest at the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum held on October 3-4.

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