'Both Bangladesh and Myanmar are friends of China. We previously helped the two countries to solve the Rohingya problem, and we will continue our efforts'
Beijing has assured Dhaka that it will try to persuade Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh, during bilateral talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in the Chinese capital.
During the talks, the Chinese premier agreed with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on resolving the protracted crisis quickly, reports BSS.
“There is no doubt that it’s a big problem for Bangladesh,” he said.
Li Keqiang, however, stressed the need for solving the crisis bilaterally, and assured that China will help end the crisis.
“Both Bangladesh and Myanmar are friends of China. We previously helped the two countries to solve the Rohingya problem, and we will continue our efforts,” said the Chinese prime minister, as quoted by Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque in a briefing after the talks.
The Chinese premier also said the two countries will have to find a solution through discussion.
Furthermore, Li Keqiang said China has sent its foreign minister to Myanmar twice regarding the Rohingya issue.
“If needed, we will send our minister to Myanmar again, so that the two countries get a solution to the crisis through discussion,” he said.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed emphasis on peace and stability in the region to achieve development goals.
“However, peace and stability are being affected in the region due to the Rohingya crisis,” she said.
“With the passage of time, the challenge will get bigger and speedy repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland is the only solution,” Sheikh Hasina added.
“We have made all types of effort in this regard, but the Rohingyas do not want to go back as they are afraid of further atrocities,” Sheikh Hasina further said.
To remove the fears of the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina underscored the need for China to play a role in building a conducive environment so that the Rohingyas can go back to their homeland with safety and dignity.
“They must have an access to their property,” she said.
Responding to the statement by the Bangladesh prime minister, Li Keqiang told her Beijing was convinced that the Rohingya crisis is a big challenge for Bangladesh.
He also thanked the Bangladesh prime minister for her humanitarian response to the crisis of Rohingyas.