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Japan for expediting Rohingya repatriation process

  • Published at 11:22 pm February 10th, 2019
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WHO Goodwill Ambassador Yohei Sasakawa meets with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in National Parliament on Sunday, February 10, 2019 Focus Bangla

Sasakawa mentioned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s generosity in giving shelter to Rohingyas in Bangladesh has been highly appreciated internationally

Japan put emphasis on expediting the repatriation process of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh, saying the process cannot be prolonged.

Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar, made the remarks on Sunday, during a visit to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office.

“The Rohingya issue has been turned into a complicated situation,” Sasakawa said.

He also said the repatriation process of Rohingyas is now at a stalemate to some extent and it must be expedited.

After the meeting, Sheikh Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

Mentioning that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s generosity by giving shelter to Rohingyas in Bangladesh has been highly appreciated internationally, Sasakawa reiterated Japan’s support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.

“We will continue support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue,” he said.

The prime minister said the living conditions of the Rohingyas may be affected with the arrival of the monsoons.

“We developed an island for the temporary shelter of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas,” she said.

About the issue of leprosy, the prime minister said her government has been working on eradicating the disease since 1996 and it has built several houses for leprosy patients in the country.

In reply, the Japan’s special envoy lauded Bangladesh’s success in controlling leprosy and said this disease is now easily curable in Bangladesh.

He suggested leprosy medicines be given to patients free of cost.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Principal Secretary, Md Nojibur Rahman, the WHO Country Representative to Bangladesh, and the Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka, were present during the meeting.