The government on Wednesday requested the United States to extensively engage in Myanmar to expedite repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Rakhine state from Bangladesh.
Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque made the request in a meeting with USAID administrator Mark Green at the foreign ministry in Dhaka, diplomatic sources said.
US ambassador Marcia Bernicat was also present in the meeting.
Green said in the meeting that the US government had been engaged on resolving the Rohingya crisis with the Myanmar authorities.
Haque reiterated Bangladesh’s position on peaceful resolution of the Rohingya crisis with sustainable repatriation of the victims in spite of provocations by Myanmar forces for creating tension along the border.
Green, who was in Dhaka on a four-day official trip, visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and announced that the US would provide over $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh and the people affected by violence and conflict in Myanmar.
About 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing, since August 25, 2017.
The ongoing Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 11,16,000, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.
The two governments signed three instruments since November 23, 2017, for return of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals sheltered in Bangladesh after October 2016, as the Rohingya exodus from Rakhine State continued.
The government also signed a memorandum of understanding with the UNHCR to facilitate voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya people.
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