‘Relationship with Myanmar turns sour over Rohingya issue’


PV Desk : Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali said regardless of our country’s friendly foreign policy, the relationship with Myanmar became sour due to the Rohingya issue.
He made the remarks while addressing as chief guest at a seminar on ‘Change in Global Dynamic: Bangladesh Foreign Policy’ organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Wednesday (January 10).
The minister said the whole world have witnesses how around 6.5 lakh Rohingya people fled into Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar just within three months. Currently around 10 lakh Myanmar citizens are sheltered in Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is playing a vital role in maintaining world peace with a priority to maintain good relationships with neighboring countries. The relationship with India is now standing at a new height. However, relation with the closest neighbor Myanmar turned sour. Following diplomatic pressure, a ‘Physical Arrangement’ deal was signed between two countries in a ministry level meeting held in Myanmar capital Naypyidaw back on November 23.”
Mahmood Ali said hopefully the relation will improve after Myanmar agrees for repatriation of Rohingyas. The general secretary of UN had declared 2017 as year of peace but ironically highest number of terrorist attacks happened in this year.