Japan asks Myanmar to speed up house construction for Rohingya repatriation

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 20:35, Aug 07,2018


Visiting Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono meets prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Tuesday.-- BSS photo

Japan has asked Myanmar to speed up the construction of houses, schools and other infrastructures in Rakhine to ensure the proper shelter of Rohingyas after their repatriation from Bangladesh.

Visiting Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono said when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday at Ganabhaban.

PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

During the recent visit of Japanese foreign minister to Myanmar, he had meetings with Myanmar president Win Myint and state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, said Ihsanul Karim.

Taro Kono also asked them to return the internally displaced Rohingyas from different parts of their country to their original place.

He mentioned that both Myanmar president and Suu Kyi informed him that they have an MoU with Bangladesh regarding the return of the Rohingyas.

The Japanese foreign minister also said the Myanmar government had another agreement with a UN body for the repatriation of the Rohingyas.

The visiting Japanese foreign minister termed both Bangladesh and Myanmar as their comprehensive partner.

He mentioned that Japan will provide US$ 2 million to help the Rohingyas tackle the adverse situation at camps in Bangladesh during the monsoon period.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina requested Japan to persuade Myanmar so that they take back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

‘They must return, Myanmar signed an MoU and agreed to take back Rohingyas, but they didn't take any action to that end,’ she said.

Hasina urged Japan to ask Myanmar to send their team to Bangladesh to see the sufferings and plight of the Rohingyas.

She mentioned that more than one million Rohingays have been living in Bangladesh and that is a huge pressure on the country.

‘They also outnumbered our local people, they've taken shelter occupying cultivable lands...local people are also sufferings...’ the PM was quoted as saying,’ she said.

Mentioning that the people of international aid agencies are working here for the Rohingyas, she said adding that these people can assist Myanmar in the repatriation process there, too.

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