USA assures Bangladesh’s National strategy over Rohingya refugees

Chittagong, Bangladesh: Bangladesh adopted a strategy to identify, locate and deport the undocumented Burmese citizens to their homeland and the USA has assured Dhaka of its full support for adopting the National Strategy recently, according to foreign ministry of Bangladesh.   Bangladesh gave shelter to thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled the Arakan State after violence over the years and the cabinet of Bangladesh approved the national strategy last September.

USA has assured Dhaka to implement its first-ever national strategy to address the problem of refugees and undocumented Burmese nationals in Bangladesh.

The Foreign Ministry in a media release yesterday said the assistant secretary highly appreciated the Bangladesh government for adopting the National Strategy and promised “to extend full support of the US Government towards implementation of the strategy”.

The foreign ministry said the assurance came when Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque met with Us Assistant Secretary at the Population, Refugee and Migration (PRM) Bureau Anne Richard at the State Department on February 20.

She also assured the Secretary of US’s continued “constructive engagement” with Myanmar “to quickly and effectively” resolve the problem of Burmese Muslims.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary particularly appreciated the US President’s insistence that the displacement of Myanmar Muslims should be resolved within Myanmar as it was their place of origin.

According to UNHCR, over 200,000 with 30,000 documented refugees are living in two government-run camps -the Kutupalong and Nayaparha  of Bangladesh.

However, the Bangladesh government says 500,000 more are living outside the camps in the country.

The foreign secretary is visiting Washington to attend a global fund meeting on counter-terrorism.

On Friday, he met Acting under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller at the State Department and discussed a wide range of global issues of mutual interests.

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