Thailand commits to supporting Rohingya repatriation, says Bangladesh PM Hasina

STAFF REPORTER

Thailand has pledged to provide necessary assistance for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasain said on Thursday.

Highlighted the concern over the ongoing conflict in Myanmar, she told a press conference at Ganabhaban, focused on her recent visit to Thailand that despite these concerns, Thailand is committed to facilitating the Rohingya repatriation process.

“Everyone is concerned about the situation in Myanmar, yet Thailand will try to ensure the matter of Rohingya repatriation,” she said.

Responding to queries regarding the repatriation of the Rohingya and the situation in Myanmar, Hasina noted, “We have discussed the repatriation of those who have taken shelter here from Myanmar. Thailand has some influence over Myanmar. The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, has stated that he will take a deeper look into this matter and provide as much cooperation as needed.”

The Bangladesh Prime Minister also expressed her concerns about the war in Myanmar, emphasizing both countries’ worries about the current conditions. “Thailand is also very concerned about the current situation there. Nevertheless, efforts for Rohingya repatriation will continue—this assurance has been given by the Thai Prime Minister,” she added.

Since August 2017, around one million Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have settled in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Over the year, the Rohingya situation shifted from an emergency to a protracted crisis, with ongoing challenges including delayed repatriation and limited funding.

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