Jakarta for quick solution to Rohingya issue

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PV Desk : Visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo today called for a peaceful and quick solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis as he held official talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here.

“Against the backdrop of the bilateral ties between Bangladesh and Myanmar, It’s necessary to solve the Rohingya crisis peacefully and as soon as possible,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the Indonesian President as saying while briefing reporters after the talks at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning.

Replying to a question whether the visit of Indonesian President to Bangladesh and the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar is any kind of pressure on Myanmar on this issue, the foreign secretary answered in the affirmative.

“Definitely it’s a pressure on Myanmar …. I think the visit of the head of the government of an ASEAN member country to Bangladesh and witnessing the plight of the Rohingyas itself are a huge issue,” he said.

Haque said Bangladesh is seeking political support from different countries including Indonesia on the Rohingya issue and Jakarta has already taken a stance in favour of the Rohingyas in the United Nations and the UN Human Rights Council.

“We hope that Indonesia will keep up their support on the issue,” he said.

The foreign secretary said the Indonesian President highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million Rohingya people who fled sectarian violence in Myanmar and taking all types of arrangements for them.