Chinese offers to help Bangladesh, Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

Rohingya refugees install tube-well in the Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees install tube-well in the Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Thomson Reuters

Foreign ministers of Germany, Sweden, Japan and a European Union's high representative visited the makeshift Rohingya camps in Ukhia upazila os Cox's Bazar on Saturday.

Federica Mogherin said in the ASEM meeting to be held in Myanmar, she will discuss with the Myanmar leadership at different levels on the Rohingya repatriation.

Germany, Sweden and the European Union on Sunday extended their strong support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.

More than 100 Rohingya refugees are known to have drowned in shipwrecks and boat incidents as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a United Nations (UN) China's Xinhua news agency reported a spokesman as saying on Friday.

The economic corridor, in consideration of Myanmar's national development plan and its actual needs, will start in north from China's Yunnan Province, go down south to the central Myanmar city of Mandalay, and further extend east to the new city of Yangon and west to the Kyaukpyu special economic zone, forming a three-pillar giant cooperation pattern, he explained.

The Swedish foreign minister also agreed with the prime minister that these refugees should be rehabilitated in Myanmar by ensuring safety, security and dignity under the United Nations supervision.

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told Mr Wang that Bangladesh is trying to resolve the issue both bilaterally and internationally as it could not afford the huge burden of the refugees.

They also highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her great humanitarian gesture of sheltering tens of thousands of forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

He acknowledged that Bangladesh is facing the brunt of the continuing influx of Rohingya refugees, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry statement said.

Prior to the meeting in the capital Dhaka, Kono and other officials from Asia and Europe visited a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar ahead of a scheduled gathering in Myanmar for the annual Asia-Europe foreign ministers' meeting.

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