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China, Bangladesh foreign ministers hold talks over phone about Rohingya repatriation

China, Bangladesh foreign ministers hold talks over phone about Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNI) China has assured Bangladesh that it would take initiatives to arrange second round of foreign ministerial level ‘tripartite talks’ with Myanmar over Rohingya repatriation after next month’s Myanmar general elections.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi gave the assurance in a telephonic conversation with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday evening, a foreign ministry statement said here on Friday.
After the Myanmar polls, the Chinese foreign minister suggested holding an ambassador level talks first before the foreign minister-level meeting over commencing the Rohingya repatriation.
He told the Bangladesh foreign minister that Myanmar had recently reassured China of taking back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh once the Covid-19 situation improves.
China has been maintaining regular communication with Myanmar at various levels over the Rohingya repatriation issue while Naypyidaw assured Beijing that they would start discussions with Bangladesh soon
in this regard.
The first such tripartite meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last year.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there in August 25, 2017 following a military crackdown by Myanmar.
The telephonic conversation between Bangladesh and Chinese foreign ministers was held on Thursday while the international community sat together in a virtual donor conference to review humanitarian support for Rohingyas and host communities.
The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), co-hosted the conference while Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam joined.
During the conference, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam reminding the international community that Rohingyas took refuge in Bangladesh on a temporary basis and they must return to their country of origin soon.
Expressing dismay that the “role of the United Nations in saving humanity from hell is also not visible in its policy actions towards Myanmar”, Mr Alam urged all stakeholders to put their best efforts to help Rohingyas return to their home in Myanmar.
In a statement on Thursday, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said ‘P5 members of the UN Security Council’ have a special obligation to contribute to ending violence and aiding the victims of violence of Myanmar.
The US is working with its partners to stop the cycle of violence in Rakhine State, including by cooperating
to end the trafficking of weapons and narcotics that have contributed to instability for so long, he said.
On Tuesday in a briefing over his recent visit to India and Bangladesh, US Deputy Secretary of State said China played ‘very little’ role in comparison to what ‘should be expected’ from them in resolving the crisis of Rohingyas.
Earlier, Bangladesh foreign minister Dr Momen said number one objective of Bangladesh is to see the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State.
After the donor conference, the UNHCR in a joint statement said the international community has demonstrated its strong commitment to the humanitarian response with the announcement of funding some 600 million US Dollars for the Rohingyas and host communities.

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