Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will embark a visit China to raise the Rohingya crisis with Chinese leader Xi Jinping as Myanmar is seemingly unwilling to take the Rohingya Muslims back to their homes.
“The Chinese president has invited me to visit his country in July and I will go there this time to talk to him about the issue,” Hasina told a news conference in Dhaka on Sunday.
She was addressing the news conference on her recent visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland at her official Gonobhaban residence.
Nearly 750,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar military launched a crackdown on the minority group in the Buddhist-majority country in 2017.
Bangladesh and Myanmar in November 2017 signed an agreement for dignified and voluntary repatriation of the refugees. But the process remained stalled ever since the agreement was signed.
The Prime Minister said every country she discussed the matter was in favour of repatriation of the refugees. “But Myanmar is unwilling to take their citizens back,” she said replying to a question.
Hasina said she hope she would be successful in dealing with the Rohingya issue with China, which is considered to be in good diplomatic ties with Myanmar.
Hasina said Myanmar is the main problem as they don’t want to take back the Rohingya people to their home.
She raised the issue with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the summit meeting of the leaders of the Islamic nations at the 14th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Saudi Arabia.
She said all have put their heed to reach immediate solution to the crisis.
Hasina also blamed some of the aid agencies, which are against repatriation of the refugees, for not being able to begin the process of Rohingya return.
They fear that they would lose fund if the refugees are repatriated voluntarily, she said.