India supports ‘speedy’ return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

File pix of Rohingyas in a refugee camp in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA.

NEW DELHI, Feb 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) — India on Friday said it supports a “safe and speedy” of return of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh.

The issue was discussed during a meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

Swaraj appreciated the humanitarian gesture of Bangladesh in supporting a large number of displaced persons from the Rakhine region and assured Abdul Momen of “India’s continued support for safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced persons to Myanmar,” according to a joint statement.

Bangladesh hosts more than a million Rohingya refugees, who have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar.

Abdul Momen, making his first foreign visit since assuming office, discussed a range of bilateral matters, including cooperation in space science, nuclear energy, information technology and electronics.

The two countries signed memoranda of understanding for cooperation between the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh and India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, and for India providing training to 1,800 Bangladeshi civil servants.
— NNN-BERNAMA