Officials said Monday that Bangladesh, which hosts more than a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, sought India’s help to peacefully repatriate them.
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Parliament Speaker, sought India’s help when the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pranay Kumar Verma called her at Sangsad Bhaban on Sunday.
“The speaker informed the envoy Bangladesh provided refuge to this large number of Rohingyas. He also pointed out that India had given shelter during the 1971 Liberation War, and the people remember that incident with respect,” a Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat spokesperson said.
He said that Chaudhury sought Indian support to peacefully repatriate the Rohingyas who had been forcibly expelled to Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They fled persecution and persecution in 2017 to escape a brutal military crackdown.
Since August 2017, a military crackdown to expel a predominantly Muslim group from their homeland in Rakhine state, more than a million Rohingyas have fled Myanmar and moved to Bangladesh. They live in makeshift refugee camps.
Bangladesh, Myanmar held talks about repatriation for displaced Rohingya refugees to their homeland but failed to resolve the matter.
India has always stated that it wants safe, secure, and sustainable Rohingya repatriation.
Bangladesh had previously sought India’s assistance in convincing Myanmar authorities that their people should be returned. Officials said that Dhaka, who was on good terms with Naypyidaw, was trying to negotiate the situation with the junta, with China’s assistance, since the military overthrow there.
The meeting took place at the Speaker’s Office at the Parliament Complex. The speaker and the Indian Envoy discussed topics such as friendly relations, trade advancements, energy cooperation and climate change.
According to the speaker, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiikh Mujibur Rahman as well as the Indian prime minister Indira Ghandi laid the foundation for historical relations between the two countries through their wisdom.
According to the high commissioner, the socio-economic conditions in both countries will be improved so they can jointly tackle the global challenges.
Verma, who arrived to Dhaka in September 21, presented his credentials on October 27 to President Abdul Hamid. On November 30, he called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also called Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister, and hosted a reception for the 51st Anniversary of Maitree diwas.
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