Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Saturday said Dhaka expects prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s scheduled Beijing tour to draw effective Chinese support in resolving the Rohingya crisis, reports BSS.
“So far the signal we are getting from Beijing is that they (China) agree with us (over the issue) and want Myanmar to take back their displaced people (Rohingyas),” he told newsmen after witnessing a Taekwondo competition in the capital.
The minister said Bangladesh, therefore, is hopeful about the outcome of the prime minister’s Beijing tour next week in resolving the crisis as Myanmar respects China.
“So we hope, if China ask them (Myanmar) they may start Rohingya repatriation soon,” Momen said.
He said the Rohingya issue has been set as a major agenda of the prime minister’s talks with Chinese president and prime minister.
The foreign minister was talking to newsmen after the closing ceremony of Hanmadang Championship organised by Taekwondo Federation with the support of South Korea Embassy at National Sports Council (NSC).
Momen said Myanmar never declined to take back the Rohingyas, rather repeatedly promised that while “we have already done whatever needed on our side” like preparing their biometric data and list of displaced Rohingyas.
“But Myanmar failed to create conducive environment inside Rakhine state to ensure safe repatriation of their people (Rohingyas),” he said.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there since 25 August 2017 after a military crackdown by Myanmar, which the UN called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” by other rights groups.
Apart from the Rohingya issue, Momen said, Dhaka is expecting to sign a number of instruments with China to implement some mega development projects in Bangladesh during the prime minister’s tour.
“We are hopeful to get Chinese credit to implement our big projects,” he said.
Momen said Bangladesh has taken all initiatives to increase trade and commerce relations with China.