Dhaka – Dhaka on Wednesday asked Washington to put pressure on Myanmar to stop driving Rohingya Muslims away to Bangladesh as tens of thousands of ethnic minority people flee violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the call when a senior US official for South and Central Asia met with her in Dhaka.
Alice Wells, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, arrived on a two-day visit to Bangladesh on Tuesday when thousands of Rohingya Muslims were seeking desperately for safety after ethnic violence killed nearly 100 people in neighbouring Burma.
Hasina told the US official that Bangladesh has given shelter to a huge number of Rohingya on humanitarian ground.
“It is a big problem for us now. Therefore, I call upon you to mount pressure on Myanmar to this end,” the Prime Minister was quoted to have said by her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.
The Prime Minister also informed that Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry has been in contact with Myanmar authorities as the US official wanted to know whether there was any political dialogue between the two neighbours.
Wells expressed the US’s interest to work with Bangladesh to combat terrorism and highly appreciated Bangladesh government’s initiatives for curbing terrorism.
Hasina told Wells that Bangladesh pursue the policy of “zero tolerance” against terrorism.
“We won’t allow our land to be used for carrying out terrorist acts in other countries,” she said.