Mustafa Kamal seeks ADB cooperation for Rohingya repatriation

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:28, Oct 14,2019


Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said that they sought cooperation from the Asian Development Bank for repatriating Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

He also said that the government was facing problems to tackle the Rohingyas in a densely populated country like Bangladesh.

He told this after a meeting of the ADB’s board of governors at a city hotel.

Some 740,000 Rohingya fled to Cox’s Bazar in August 2017 amidst a military offensive in Myanmar that the United Nations likened to ethnic cleansing, joining over 3,00,000 already there.

The two nations signed a repatriation deal this year but virtually no Rohingya went back to Myanmar so far.

A previous attempt in November 2018 to return 2,260 Rohingyas on a repatriation list fell flat, with those earmarked to return refusing to leave without guarantees for their safety.

Mustafa Kamal hoped that ADB would assist Bangladesh to repatriate the Rohingyas.

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