Deal with Myanmar kept intact Bangladesh interest: Ali

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PV Desk : Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today said he was happy with the deal signed with Myanmar for Rohingys repatriation saying as it kept intact Bangladesh’s interest.

“The deal would not hamper the interest of Bangladesh . . . we have signed the arrangement as our prime objective was to send back the displaced Rohingys to their homes in Rakhine State and we have done it,” he said in a press conference two days after he signed deal with the neighbouring country at Myanmar capital.

He said the repatriation would be completed in a “reasonable” time frame although the process would begin within two months of signing of the “Arrangement”.

Ali inked the bilateral instrument with Myanmar’s Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe in Naypyidaw on Thursday following a meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The deal came amid mounting global pressure on Myanmar over the crisis while in a significant development the United States three days ago changed its stance on atrocities on the Rohingyas, now preferring to call it ethnic cleansing” in line with the UN stance and threatened penalties for Myanmar military officials.

Ali told the briefing that the instrument was being negotiated by officials of the two countries for the past few months and later they reached a consensus to sign the arrangement on return of displaced persons from Myanamar’s Rakhine state.