A US delegation led by the acting assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, Simon Henshaw, is set to visit the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday.
The delegation from the US Department of State called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at his office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday afternoon.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Scott Busby, acting deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Tom Vajda and Director of the Office of Mainland Asia Patricia Mahoney, along with US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, were present in the meeting.
Speaking with the US delegates, State Minister Shahriar expressed sincere gratitude for the strong political as well as humanitarian support of the US government on the Rohingya crisis.
The state minister also highlighted the five-point proposal given by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September and requested for the continuation of US support in this regard.
Secretary Simon Henshaw deeply appreciated Bangladesh’s decision to temporarily shelter more than 600,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. “Bangladesh responded extremely well to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” he said.
Henshaw also assured the state minister of support from the US government, both financial and diplomatic, for the safe, sustainable and dignified repatriation of the Rohingya refugees.
Both the sides agreed to continue pressure on the Myanmar government in this regard.
The delegation will leave Cox's Bazar on Friday.