Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali is due to visit Mayanmar’s Rakhine state to inspect the arrangement for the repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people.
High-ups of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this to Bangladesh Post on Friday.
The government of both Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on such first-ever visit to Rakhine state of any Bangladeshi envoy after foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Myanmar counterpart sat in an informal meeting in Beijing on June 29, according to the diplomatic sources. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi mediated the meeting, sources said.
Following the meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the media, “China will offer humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to help build shelter and feed the hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar”.
On November 23 last year, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a bi-lateral agreement to start repatriation process as early as possible.
However, there was no mentionable progress out of forming Joint-Working Group in this regard so far.
Chinese foreign minister also stressed on the implementation of that agreement in the latest meeting, sources said.
During this visit, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali will examine whether Myanmar has built necessary infrastructure in Rakhine state and met other requirements as per the agreement.
About 700,000 Rohingyas have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017, to escape what the United Nations and US officials have called a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” by Myanmar government.