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France backs Bangladesh for solution to Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 07:03 pm December 12th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:04 am December 13th, 2017
France backs Bangladesh for solution to Rohingya crisis
France will fully support Bangladesh to find a permanent solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis at the UN and other international forums, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. The French president gave the assurance to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during their bilateral meeting at Elysee Palace in Paris, Foreign Affairs Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters during the post-meeting press briefing. At the meeting, President Macron also enquired about the present status of the refugee crisis, what Bangladesh is doing now and what it expects from France in this connection, Shahidul said. In reply, Prime Minister Hasina said more than one million forcibly displaced Myanmar Rohingyas were currently living in Bangladesh, which had created a big burden on the country. The crisis is also hazardous for the local environment, the prime minister noted. She briefly mentioned the five-point proposal that she had placed at this year's UN General Assembly and said the real solution to this problem is lying in the implementation of those proposals. Hasina also briefed the French president about the recent bilateral agreement with Myanmar regarding Rohingya repatriation. She further told Macron that the Bangladesh government wants the international community to continue their support to the country and keep up the pressure on Myanmar to ensure that the agreement is implemented, Shahidul said.