Published:  12:00 AM, 11 January 2017

Myanmar envoy in Dhaka to talk on Rohingya issue

Myanmar envoy in Dhaka to talk on Rohingya issue U Kyaw Tin

Myanmar's special envoy and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday evening to discuss bilateral issues with special focus on Rohingya crisis. Director General at the South East Asia wing of the Foreign Ministry Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury received Kyaw Tin at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on his arrival. The special envoy, who is leading a delegation, will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban at 6pm on Wednesday, said a senior official at the Foreign Ministry.Before meeting the prime minister, the special envoy, sent by Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, will have working lunch and official talks with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque at state guesthouse Padma from 1:30pm to 4:45pm on the same day, the official said. Bangladesh, during the meetings, will reiterate its position and seek a permanent solution to the Rohingya issue.

Earlier, Bangladesh said around 50,000 people fled Myanmar and entered Bangladesh since October 9 last. Quoting the UN relief agency, the international media on Monday reported that at least 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, including some 22,000 in just the last one week since the latest army crackdown started in October.

An official at the foreign ministry said Bangladesh wants a solution to the Rohingya issue and has already expressed readiness to engage with Myanmar to discuss the process and modalities of repatriation of Myanmar nationals. Earlier on December 29, the foreign ministry summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Myo Myint Than and demanded early repatriation of all Myanmar nationals staying in the country. As part of mounting international pressure on Myanmar, the member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will come together in Kuala Lumpur on January 19 to discuss possible remedies to the situation of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

This is going to be an 'extraordinary' meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. Bangladesh will place its position before the extraordinary meeting in Kuala Lumpur on overall situation apart from the latest developments on the Rohingya issue.



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