Rohingya repatriation deal ‘soon’, foreign secy

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PV Desk : Bangladesh is likely to sign an agreement with Myanmar ‘soon’ to send back the Rohingya refugees, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque has said.

He said the two countries would form a joint working group after Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali’s visit to Myanmar by the end of this month.

“Then the two countries would sign the agreement to repatriate the Rohingyas,” he added.

He was speaking at a dialogue titled ‘Addressing Rohingya Crisis: Options for Bangladesh’ organised by Centre for Policy Dialogue or CPD in Dhaka on Saturday.

Bangladesh has been demanding for long that Myanmar must take back their nationals who fled decades of persecution in Rakhine State. It reiterated the demand and sought international support after the latest exodus of Rohingyas started in late August.

Over 600,000 Rohingyas have joined around 400,000 refugees in Bangladesh in the latest influx.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan visited Myanmar last month to discuss the repatriation process following the visit by a minister of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.