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Rohingya crisis: Chinese special envoy visits Dhaka

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He came to Dhaka for a three-day visit from Myanmar
Met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen

Visiting Chinese Special Envoy for Asian Affairs Deng Xijun had meetings with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen on the Rohingya issue on Monday.

China is a party of the tripartite agreement with Bangladesh and Myanmar for sending Rohingyas back to their homeland in the Rakhine State from where they fled “ethnic cleansing”, mostly after the August 2017 military crackdown.

With no guarantee of citizenship and safety in the Rakhine State, none of them returned back.

There had been efforts to send them from a list of 1,176 verified Rohingya individuals. Some of them visited Rakhine State to see the conditions. On return, they said they would not return.

The UN agencies and some western countries also maintained that the situation was not conducive for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar.

The Chinese Special Envoy, Deng Xijun, earlier visited Bangladesh on April 6 and discussed the repatriation issue.

This time, according to foreign ministry officials, he came to Dhaka on Sunday for a three-day visit from Myanmar. There had been no formal announcement of his visit.

In Myanmar, he met with Foreign Minister U Than Swe, Minister for International Cooperation U Ko Ko Hlaing and Member of the State Administration Council Union and Chairman of the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee Lieutenant-General Yar Pyae.

The Myanmar government said with the foreign minister he discussed matters “pertaining to further consolidation of the existing Pauk-Phaw relations and cooperation, the maintenance of peace and stability along the border between Myanmar and China, the latest developments on the peace and national reconciliation process of Myanmar, China’s continuous constructive support towards Myanmar development endeavours.”

Myanmar media reported that during those meetings, they exchanged views on repatriation of “verified displaced persons” from Rakhine State as well as regional and international matters of mutual interest and China-Myanmar relationship.

Source: Dhaka Tribune.

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