Rohingya crisis: China wants to facilitate BD-Myanmar dialogue

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Dhaka, November 18: Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday expressed his country’s willingness to facilitate talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the protracted Rohingya crisis which has hit Bangladesh hard, reports UNB.

Wang Yi made the offer when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister mentioned that Rohingya issue is the internal problem of Myanmar, but this is affecting Bangladesh.

“China is willing to facilitate a dialogue between Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya crisis. This is a big challenge for Bangladesh…this is Myanmar’s internal problem, but this is affecting Bangladesh,” Ihsanul Karim quoted the Chinese Foreign Minister as saying.

The Chinese Foreign Minister said his country does not want the activities of BCIM Economic Corridor to slow down because of the Rohingya issue.

Sheikh Hasina urged the Chinese Foreign Minister to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back their nationals.

She said Bangladesh has given shelter to over 10 lakh Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. “Myanmar will have to take back their nationals ensuring their safety, security and dignity for a durable solution to the crisis,” she said.

Hasina mentioned that Rohingyas are Myanmar nationals and they have to take back their citizens from Bangladesh as the relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar are good.

The Prime Minister narrated the plight of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh, especially the women and children, and said a good number of Rohingya women are pregnant.

Reiterating the government’s stance not to allow the land of Bangladesh for using by any terrorist group to commit any acts of insurgency in neighbouring countries, she said, “This is our firm decision.”

The Chinese Foreign Minister recalled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visits to China in 2010 and 2014 as well as the visit of the Chinese President to Bangladesh in October last year.

He said he is now touring Bangladesh to see the progress of Strategic Partner Cooperation that the two countries agreed for it during the Chinese President’s visit to Bangladesh.

On Bangladesh-China economic cooperation, Wang Yi said his country’s concessional loan now has crossed five billion dollars. “China wants to help Bangladesh more under the South-South cooperation,” he said.

The Chinese Foreign Minister also conveyed their President’s greetings to Sheikh Hasina.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Bangladesh Ambassador to China Fazlul Karim and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang were present on the occasion.