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India supports Bangladesh’s stance on Rohingya

  • Published at 02:12 pm September 15th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:43 pm September 15th, 2017
India supports Bangladesh’s stance on Rohingya
Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has expressed her government's full support to Bangladesh's stance over Rohingya issue. Sushma talked with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over phone on Thursday night and conveyed the message to her, UNB reported quoting Prime Minister's Deputy Press Secretary Nazrul Islam. The Indian external affairs minister said their government is trying to create a pressure bilaterally and multilaterally on Myanmar to stop the persecution of Rohingya Muslims and to make them take back the refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh. "Rohingya problem is not an issue for Bangladesh only, rather it has turned into a global matter from a regional one," Sushma Swaraj told the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground and Myanmar must acknowledge the Rohingyas as their nationals. She said the government has allocated land for makeshift arrangement to give shelter to the Rohingyas but it will certainly create a big problem for Bangladesh if they [Rohingyas] stay here for long-term. Hasina said the leaders and workers of her party along with the administration are working round the clock to provide food, shelter and medical services to the Rohingyas. India High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, prime minister's International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were present at Ganobhaban during the phone call. Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan Shringla informed the prime minister of the first consignment of Indian relief materials sent for the Rohingya refugees. Nearly 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to escape a military offensive in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.