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Saturday 24th of February 2018 08:11 AM

Swiss President in Cox’s Bazar to meet Rohingyas

Bangladesh Dhaka corrspondent : Swiss President Alain Berset arrived in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday morning to see Rohingya situation.

President Berset left Dhaka for Cox’s Bazar by a Swiss Federal Council Jet and reached there at 10:30am.

He will visit the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar and will listen to the stories of horrific tortures faced by Rohingya people in Myanmar.

He said Switzerland pledged eight million Swiss francs [equivalent to $8 million] at a conference in Geneva in October for emergency humanitarian aid for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

On Monday, he announced that this year Switzerland will provide an additional 12 million francs for the Rohingya people.

He said the agreement on repatriation between Bangladesh and Myanmar was a positive step towards a solution to the current crisis.

He will leave for Dhaka at 3:15pm and meet civil society representatives in the capital.

The Swiss Embassy in Dhaka said the visit is focused on solidarity with a country that is severely affected by the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar and the establishment of closer bilateral relations.

Given the extent of humanitarian crisis (Rohingya), Switzerland earlier decided to increase its financial contribution to CHF 8 million.

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