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Bangladesh seeks China's support for repatriation of 600,000 Rohingyas

The announcement comes after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Bangladesh to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart, Mahmood Ali, on Saturday

IANS  |  Dhaka 

Rohingya Muslims walk to the shore after arriving on a boat from Myanmar to Bangladesh in Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: AP | PTI
Rohingya Muslims walk to the shore after arriving on a boat from Myanmar to Bangladesh in Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: AP | PTI

Bangladesh announced on Sunday that it was seeking China's support in urging to allow the more than 600,000 who fled sectarian violence in western to return.

"Bangladesh wants to create pressure on to exp1edite the process" of repatriation of the Rohingyas, a member of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry who did not wish to be named told Efe news agecy.

The announcement comes after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Bangladesh to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart, Mahmood Ali, on Saturday.

Wang, who left the country on Sunday, told Ali that "as a friend, will help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side", according to a Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry statement.

The statement said the Chinese leader "stressed the importance of continued consultations and dialogue between Bangladesh and on the issue. He acknowledged that Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuing influx of Rohingya refugees".

Ali, meanwhile, said that Bangladesh would continue its commitment to pursue a dialogue with and find a solution to the crisis.

Bangladesh "look(s) forward to China's support for the early return of the to their homeland in with dignity and safety", he said.

In its latest report released on Thursday, the UN Inter Sector Coordination Group estimated that 620,000 have arrived in Bangladesh since more than two and a half months ago.

The crisis erupted on August 25, after an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group on police and military checkposts in the western state of Rakhine in

The Army retaliated with a violent campaign that is still ongoing and which the UN has called "ethnic cleansing".

does not recognize the as citizens and considers them illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, while Bangladesh, where 300,000 were already living before the latest crisis, also considers them to be foreigners.

First Published: Sun, November 19 2017. 18:19 IST
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