Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chinese offers to help Bangladesh, Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

Chinese offers to help Bangladesh, Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

State minister of foreign affairs Shahriar Alam at a press briefing after the visit said the visiting foreign ministers and European Union envoy thanked the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to such huge number of Rohingyas.

The United Nations estimates that more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine State have flooded into Bangladesh since late August, when violence broke out between Rohingya insurgents and security forces, prompting a harsh crackdown.

He added that the global community including the United Nations should create a good atmosphere for talks between the two sides. China, a long-standing friend of Myanmar during the Southeast Asian country's isolation from the West, has been helping shield Myanmar from the criticism.

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Meanwhile, Germany, Sweden, Japan and the European Union also offered their strong support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.

The Chinese foreign minister expressed hope that Myanmar and Bangladesh would consult each other and resolve the Rohingya issue as soon as possible.

Merkley said they had gathered first-hand information from the persecuted people in Cox's Bazar, adding that the description of the persecution provided to them was "horrifying", the state-news agency added. "China is willing to help and play its part".

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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.

On Saturday, Wang told reporters in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, where he met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that the Rohingya crisis should be solved bilaterally between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and should not involve outside parties.

Besides, the issue of climate change also came up for discussion in the meetings.

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