Says Li Keqiang
Industry Desk: Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang assured that they would try to persuade Myanmar for taking back its nationals from Bangladesh. With that, he agreed that the return of forcibly displaced people to their motherland is the solution to this problem.
“There is no doubt that it’s a big problem for Bangladesh,” said the Chinese counterpart while he held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Li Keqiang, however, stressed the need for solving the crisis bilaterally and assured that China will help end the crisis.
“Both Bangladesh and Myanmar are friends of China … we previously helped the two countries to solve the Rohingya problem and we’ll continue our efforts,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the Chinese prime minister as saying while briefing reporters after the talks.
The Chinese premier said the two countries will have to find out a solution to this end through discussion.
In this connection, Keqiang mentioned that China has sent its foreign minister to Myanmar twice. “If needed, we’ll send our minister again to Myanmar so that the two countries get a solution to the crisis through discussion,” he said.
In the meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave emphasis on peace and stability in the region to achieve the cherished goals of development, said Shahidul Haque.
“But peace and stability are being affected in the region due to the Rohingya crisis,” she said.
“With the passage of time, the challenge will be bigger and speedy repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland is its only solution,” she said.
The Bangladesh Premier said the problem will be solved with only going back of the Rohingyas to their motherland.
She highlighted in which context the Rohingyas are not going back and said Myanmar will have to solve the problem and Bangladesh has nothing to do in this regard.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has made bilateral arrangements for Rohingya repatriation.
“We made all types of efforts in this regard, but the Rohingyas don’t want to go back as they are afraid of further atrocities,” she said.
To remove the fear, the Prime Minister, underscored the need for playing a role by China in building a conducive environment so that the Rohingyas can go back to their homeland with safety, dignity and own identity.
“They must have access to their land property,” she said.
Responding to the statement of Bangladesh Prime Minister, Mr. Keqiang told her that Beijing was convinced that the Rohingya crisis is a big challenge for Bangladesh.
He thanked the Bangladesh Prime Minister for her humanitarian response to the crisis of Rohingyas.
Prime Minister’s speechwriter Md Nazrul Islam was present at the press conference.