2 top US officials to visit Rohingya camps

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:52, Nov 04,2019


Two senior US officials would visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday to observe the conditions of Rohingyas and local host community were facing since the forced displacement of Rohingya people from Myanmar two years ago.

Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary for south and central Asia at the US Department of State, and Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development, were scheduled to reach Dhaka on Tuesday on a three-day official tour.

They would call on foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday, according to foreign ministry officials.

In Cox’s Bazar, they would meet with Bangladeshi officials and representatives from international and non-governmental organisations to discuss US humanitarian assistance and observe the conditions of the refugees and host communities were facing, according to the US embassy in Dhaka.

Wells would be visiting Bangladesh as a part of her weeklong tour to Thailand and Bangladesh from November 1.

Glick would be in Bangladesh as a part of her visit to four countries – Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia – from October 29 to November 11.

They are likely to leave Dhaka on November 7.

The visit would be crucial as the US authorities imposed economic sanctions on Myanmar security forces for, what American officials said, their role in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuse against other ethnic minority groups in different parts of the country.

More than 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh after fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine.

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