UNHCR may involve India, China more in Rohingya repatriation: Foreign Minister

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Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said the UNHCR may involve India and China more in the process of commencing the Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh to their land of origin Myanmar.

“Internal conflicts in Myanmar are almost a century old. He emphasized that there is no alternative to increasing effective international pressure on Myanmar regarding the repatriation of Rohingyas,” he said.

The foreign minister made the remark while the UNHCR representative in Bangladesh Sumbul Rizvi called on him at the foreign ministry here.

During the meeting, Rizvi informed the minister of the ongoing armed conflicts between Myanmar army and other conflicting groups inside Myanmar.

They also talked about the fleeing members of the Myanmar forces to the Bangladesh border.

The foreign minister proposed that in addition to education in the Rohingya camp, various trade training can be provided to Rohingya people by forming small groups for enhancing their skills.

This training will help them to build their professional career when they return to their home country, he said.

Hasan also laid emphasis on the relocation of more Rohingyas to Bhasanchar and regular maintenance of the facilities there.

Later, the Foreign Minister met the Spanish ambassador to Bangladesh Gabriel Chinchetru and discussed various bilateral issues.

Pointing out that Spain is Bangladesh’s second highest export destination in the European Union, the foreign minister urged the country to invest in Bangladesh’s special economic zones and IT villages.

Besides, the minister and the envoy agreed in principle on inking the ‘Migration Mobility Agreement’ with Spain.

Currently Bangladesh has the ‘Migration Mobility Agreement’ with Greece and negotiations are underway with Italy, Austria and Malta.

The Spanish Ambassador said there are about 60,000 Bangladeshi expatriates living in Spain and contributing to the Spanish economy.

He invited the foreign minister to visit Spain at his convenience.

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