'The world is with Bangladesh on Rohingya issue', says BD FM


February 17, 2017

Bangladesh will raise the Rohingya issue with Germany during an upcoming meet in Munich, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister told reporters during a press conference in the country’s capital on Wednesday.

"We've already talked to the European Commission on the Rohingya issue. And of course, the issue will be discussed at a meeting with Dr Angela Merkel," said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.

Bangladesh Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to meet her German counterpart Chancellor Angela Merkel in Munich on Saturday during the Munich Security Conference.

Mahmood Ali also said that international opinion was in favour of Bangladesh and the Rohingyas, and commended international determination to put pressure on Myanmar.

"We think we're on the right track over Rohingya issue because the world has realised how much sufferings the Rohingya people have been going through," he said.

Bangladesh government has long tried to be friendly towards the Burmese regime and pledged utmost support to their neighbour as Myanmar commenced brutal military operations against the minority Muslim community in October. By contrast, Myanmar completely rejected Bangladeshi overtures of assistance and instead assumed an aggressive stance on the border. The Bangladesh government's current stance is however difficult to fathom.

Ali also spoke about the possibilities of relocating the Rohingyas to Haitya on a temporary basis before conditions would be suitable for them to return to their homeland.