Asaduzzaman flying to Myanmar on 23 Oct for Rohingya talks

Online Desk | Update:

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan KamalHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will leave Dhaka for Myanmar on 23 October on a four-day visit to Myanmar, reports UNB.

He is expected to discuss with Myanmar leaders the Rohingya issue to to send them back to their homeland through diplomatic efforts,.

The Rohingya issue will be the key agenda, said the minister told newsmen at the secretariat on Thursday.

The minister will lead a delegation that will include two secretaries of the home ministry, directors general (DGs) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard, Department of Narcotics Control, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and representatives from the foreign affairs ministry.

He said, "The aim of the visit is to repatriate the Rohingyas who were forced to flee into Bangladesh."

On 2 October, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has also proposed a bilateral agreement with Myanmar to facilitate the implementation of repatriation process.

A draft of the proposed deal has also been handed over to Myanmar side at the meeting.

Bangladesh has been flagging the Annan Commission's recommendation and laid emphasis on implementation of those recommendations to peacefully resolve the Rohingya issue.

The foreign minister indicated that the joint working group will also conduct citizenship verification process apart from other related works.

Bangladesh iterated its position over the Rohingya issue, and urged Myanmar to take steps for the sustainable return of all the Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar who are currently living here, said a diplomatic source.

Since 25 August, more than half a million Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh to flee ethnic cleansing in their own country.

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