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PM: Rohingya repatriation through discussion, not conflict with Myanmar

  • Published at 01:01 pm April 4th, 2019
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The premier urged all parties concerned to resolve the issue through negotiation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiation, not engaging in a conflict with Myanmar.

"Since they [Myanmar] are our close-door neighbours, we will never engage in any conflict with them [Myanmar]. Rather we will have to continue efforts so that they take back their nationals through negotiations," she said while visiting the Defence Ministry in Dhaka on Thursday, reports UNB.

The premier said Bangladesh provided shelter to one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. "It is surprising to the world how we could provide shelter to such a huge amount of people and save them.

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"We did not go to engage in a conflict with Myanmar. We have discussed and signed an agreement with them. Our aim is to send them back to their country through dialogue."

Sheikh Hasina, also acting defence minister, asked all the authorities concerned to discharge their responsibility according to the goal.

Among others, Acting Army Chief Lieutenant General Md Shamsul Haque, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) of the PMO Md Abdul Islam Azad and PM's Military Secretary Major General Mia Md Jainul Abedin were also present during the prime minister's visit.  Defence Secretary Akhter Hussain Bhuiya delivered the welcome speech.