Dhaka – Dhaka has sought support from Phnom Penh to resolve one of the World’s biggest the refugee crisis unfolding between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on a visit to Cambodia, on Monday sought the assistance for durable solution Monday to the crisis as Bangladesh has been engaged in by lateral talks with Myanmar.
“As we continue our bilateral negotiations with Myanmar for safe return of the Rohingya back to their homeland, I requested Prime Minister Hun Sen [of Cambodia] for his support towards a durable solution of the crisis,” Hasina said after the official talks with her counterpart Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.
More than 624,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched crackdown targeting Muslims in Rakhine state on August 25, creating a humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh.
Hasina said she discussed some of the emerging security challenges facing the region and expressed common resolve to fight terrorism and violent extremism.
“We’ve also discussed the Rohingya crisis that threatens peace and stability of our region,” Hasina said adding that her country continues to shelter more than 1 million Rohingya.
More than 700,000 of them fled atrocity in Myanmar and took shelter in Bangladesh recently.
The Cambodian prime minister said they discussed the issue of Rohingya people from Myanmar which is really a burden for Bangladesh, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Hun Sen also expressed hope that both Bangladesh and Myanmar would work together smoothly for the safe return of the refugees back to Myanmar.
“We highly appreciate Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingya people even though Bangladesh has a population of over 160 million. Bangladesh took the issues of refugees on its shoulder,” he added.
Describing Cambodia as a close regional neighbour of Bangladesh, Hasina said the two countries share common aspirations to promote peace, security and development.
“We cooperate closely in many regional and global fora, including at the ARF, ASEM, ACD and the UN,” she said.
She termed her visit to Cambodia has been extremely fruitful and said Prime Minister Hun Sen and she remain committed to taking Bangladesh-Cambodia relations to all new heights and dimensions.
Hasina left Dhaka for Phnom Penh Sunday on a three-day visit to Cambodia.