British foreign secretary David Miliband on Tuesday stressed the need for comprehensive role of the international community for sustainable, safe and dignified repatriation of the forcibly displaced minority Rohingya people to Rakhine State of Myanmar.
He said this in a meeting with foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque in Dhaka, officials said.
Miliband, also president and chief executive officer of International Rescue Committee, a non-government organisation, was in Dhaka on a four-day tour to talk to Rohingya people.
He talked to dozens of Rohingyas in temporary shelters in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.
Foreign secretary Haque appraised Miliband of Bangladesh’s initiatives, preparations, engagements and positions on repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar.
Miliband would leave Dhaka on Wednesday.
About 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.
The ongoing Rohingya influx took to about 11,16,000 the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.
Bangladesh and Myanmar 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.
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