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Saturday 26th of May 2018 12:00 PM

UK is grateful to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue: Johnson

Probashbangla24 online Desk : British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has stated that the United Kingdom (UK) is grateful to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.

The British Foreign Secretary made the statement while paying a call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban after arriving in Dhaka on Friday.

Ihsanul Karim, Press Secretary of the Prime Minister, briefed reporters after the meeting.

“The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said a delay in deporting the Rohingyas might complicate the issue,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Myanmar’s de facto head of the government Aung San Suu Kyi should also take quick steps to speed up the deportation process.

Myanmar should also allow the UNHCR and other international agencies so that they can observe the rehabilitation process of the Rohingya people after the repatriation, the Premier added.

Boris Johnson praised and thanked Hasina for sheltering the Rohingya refugees.

Notably, the government signed a deal with Myanmar last month over the repatriation of the nearly 700,000 Rohingyas who have fled violence in Rakhine State into Bangladesh since August last year.

Many of the international agencies have expressed concern over the deal, saying the refugees might be forced to return to the place of persecution.

Ihsanul said Hasina and Johnson also discussed the attack on the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Wednesday before the court verdict on a graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Johnson told Hasina they were ‘looking into the matter’, the prime minister’s press secretary said.

The Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan and British High Commissioner Alison Blake were also present.

Later, the British Foreign Office in a statement said during their hour-long meeting, they discussed the upcoming Commonwealth Summit in London in April and additional trade opportunities between the two countries once the UK leaves the European Union.

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