The United States has made resolving the Rohingya issue a part of its policy discussion and will continue to mount pressure on the Myanmar government for safe and dignified return of Rohingyas, the US president’s aide on South Asia Lisa Curtis said in Dhaka on Sunday.
She said this in a meeting with Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at his office, officials said, as Ali emphasised sustained pressure from the international community, including the US, on the Myanmar government to create a safe and secure condition in Northern Rakhine for safe and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to their homes.
Ali urged the US to continue playing a strong role at the United Nations Security Council.
Curtis also emphasised on participation of multiple parties in the upcoming general election in Bangladesh, officials said.
Responding to a query from Curtis, Ali said that the government was committed to a free, fair and participatory election. He welcomed observers from different countries, including the US, to observe the election.
Focusing on US president Donald Trump’s national security strategy, Curtis highlighted the Indo-Pacific strategy of the US administration and expressed eagerness of the US to further deepen its engagement with Bangladesh.
On the issue of returning the killers of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujbur Rahman, Curtis said that she would convey the message to high dignitaries concerned in Washington.
Curtis also called on prime minister’s security affairs adviser Tarique Ahmed Siddique and international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi and discussed with them the prospect of strengthening bilateral cooperation in the areas of defence and security.
She assured Bangladesh officials that the Rohingya people ‘won’t be forgotten’ and the US would remain with Bangladesh in resolving the crisis.
Curtis was in Dhaka on a three-day official visit and left the capital on Sunday evening.
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