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Minister Momen: Plan to relocate 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhashan Char

  • Published at 02:50 pm February 1st, 2019
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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen seen talking with US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller at his office on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Bangladesh seeks sustained pressure on Myanmar

Bangladesh has informed the United States that they plan to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char, an island in Noakhali district, on a voluntary basis.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen shared this with US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller when the envoy met the minister; at his office on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB. 

The Rohingyas will have livelihood opportunities in Bhashan Char and the island will "turn into Singapore", according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen praised the US government for their continued political support on the Rohingya issue.

He also said that pressure needs to be applied on Myanmar so that the latter creates a favourable environment in Rakhine State in order for the Rohingyas to return home.

The minister expressed Bangladesh's support for the idea of creating "safe zone" inside Rakhine State for the Rohingyas.

Dr Momen also raised the issue of repatriation of murderer Rashed Chowdhury, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He asked the ambassador to view the matter from a US point of view; if a US Court convicts someone, in that case, the US government will surely take all initiatives at its disposal to enforce the judgment. Bangladesh government's efforts must be viewed similarly.