Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the international community to put pressure on Myanmar to take its citizens back as more than 100,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh facing persecution in Rakhine state.
An estimated 123,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on August 25.
United Nations High Commission for Refugees expressed grave concern about the continuing conflict in Myanmar and by reports that civilians have died trying to seek safety.
Hasina made the call when aid workers were struggling to handle the influx of Rohingya after more than 400 people were killed in the violence between suspected insurgents and Myanmar security forces.
“Hosting a huge number of Myanmar nationals is a big burden for Bangladesh and we have given shelter to them only on humanitarian grounds,” Hasina said when newly appointed Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno met with her.
The Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters about the meeting.
He said the Prime Minister assured that her government would never deviated from its policy that it would never allow anyone to use Bangladeshi land for carrying subversive activities in the neighbouring countries.
The Indonesian ambassador highly appreciated the Bangladesh government for giving shelter to a huge number of Myanmar nationals on humanitarian grounds.
“Bangladesh is taking right steps in this regard,” she commented.
The Indonesian ambassador showed her country’s interest in setting up LNG- based power plant in Bangladesh and said it could produce 1600 megawatt electricity.