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Johnson in Bangladesh to meet Rohingyas

IANS  |  Dhaka 

British arrived here on his maiden visit to take note of the plight of Rohingya refugees ahead of his visit to

Johnson was received by Foreign Ministry's Kamrul Ahsan, Wing Mohammad Khorshed Alam Khastagir and British High Commissioner in Alison Blake at the airport on Friday afternoon, reported.

His visit came amid global calls to ensure safe and voluntary return of the Muslim minority Rohingyas to and had earlier signed deals to start the repatriation.

The British was scheduled to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Bangladesh officials said they expected an announcement of the lifting the UK's ban of direct cargo flights from at the meeting.

Johnson will visit Rohingyas refugee camps in Bangladesh's Cox Bazar district on Saturday. He is also scheduled to meet Sheikh before flying for Myanmar the same day.

The British government, MPs of the House of Commons, political parties raised a strong voice against the oppression on the by and pursued the issue within the

At least 688,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state to Bangladesh since the launched an offensive in response to rebel attacks on government outposts on August 25 last year.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 20:18 IST