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Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh, may discuss Rohingya issue

President Abudul Hamid received the pope at Dhakas Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Dhaka : A portrait of Pope Francis is displayed as workers sweep a road the Pope is expected to take during his visit, in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka : A portrait of Pope Francis is displayed as workers sweep a road the Pope is expected to take during his visit, in Dhaka, Bangladesh

today arrived in on a key visit likely to be dominated by the issue of Muslim Rohingya refugees who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.

A red carpet was rolled out as the pope arrived here on a special aircraft after wrapping up his Myanmar tour during which he sent out a message that justice and human rights are the foundation of peace, in an apparent reference to the Rohingya crisis.

President Abudul Hamid received the pope at Dhakas Hazrat Shahjalal Airport.

A contingent of Bangladesh's armed forces gave him a guard of honour. His programmes include a visit to the National Memorial for Liberation War martyrs, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and join a civic reception at Bangabhaban presidential palace.

It the second leg of pope's tour to the region amid heightened Rohingya crisis. About 620,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmars Rakhine State to since August to avoid military crackdown at their home.

This is the second visit to by a pope. Pope John Paul II had visited the country in 1986.

First Published: Thu, November 30 2017. 15:58 IST
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