PM urges India to convince Myanmar to take back Rohingyas


NEW DELHI, Oct 5, 2019 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today requested India to convince Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas, who were forcibly displaced from their homeland in Rakhain state of Myanmar.

“The two leaders discussed the Rohingya issue during the talks and both of them have agreed on sending them back to their homeland,” Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said while briefing newsmen about the outcome of bilateral talks between the two leaders at Hotel Taj Mahal here.

Referring to the “best of the best” relations the countries are now enjoying, he said, “The Bangladesh prime minister has requested his Indian counterpart to convince Myanmar to send the Rohingyas back to their homeland cashing in on their very good relations with Myanmar.”

In this regard, the senior secretary also said the two leaders also held meetings in New York about the topic. High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Muazzem Ali and PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present at the briefing.

Sheikh Hasina has invited her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to visit Bangladesh next year marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the secretary said.

In reply, Modi hinted that he might come to Bangladesh for the celebration.

The secretary added that seven issues– Rohingya, water sharing, security, blue economy, National Registration of Citizens (NRC), connectivity, business and trade, education, youth and culture– prominently featured in the discussion.

About India’s stance on NRC, Shahidul said that the Indian Prime Minister reassured Bangladesh that it is an internal matter of India.

Describing Bangladesh’s relations with India as extremely warm and friendly, he said “But, we are keeping our eyes open.”

Both the premiers stressed the need for joint efforts to cut terrorism in the region, the secretary said.

About connectivity, he said that the two leaders talked about the strengthening of both the mental and physical connectivity for boosting trade and commerce. He also said, “The Indian prime minister assured Bangladesh regarding Teesta water sharing that it will happen soon.”

Shahidul added that the two leaders are now looking at sharing water of six other common rivers which will also ensure benefit to the people of both the countries and ensure sustainable use of water.

He said the two leaders also stressed the need for unlocking the potential of blue economy, jointly.

About the call on of Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said that the Indian minister said they had a policy of accommodation not only in India but also with other countries.