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Bangladesh foreign minister says Myanmar will begin Rohingya repatriation after the national polls on November 8

Finally, there’s some hope in the direction of Rohingya repatriation as Bangladesh’s foreign minister AK Abdul Momen sounded optimistic regarding the issue with Myanmar assuring China of taking back the Rohingyas living in camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Momen said Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi passed this message to him during a phone call on Thursday evening on the side lines of donors’ conference led by the Western countries.

With reference to his discussion with Yi, Bangladesh foreign minister said the Chinese foreign minister has assured that his country is in constant touch with Myanmar on the Rohingya repatriation.

According to Chinese foreign ministry’s statement, Myanmar has expressed its willingness to take back the Rohingyas as soon as Covid-19 condition improves.

Momen further said that Myanmar would start Rohingya repatriation after the national election in that country, scheduled for November 8.

Before that, an ambassador-level meeting and then a trilateral meeting involving China, Bangladesh and Myanmar will be held.

The Chinese minister, who wants a trilateral senior official-level meeting in Dhaka soon, also assured his Bangladesh counterpart of providing Chinese vaccine for coronavirus to Bangladesh on priority basis.

Yi also expressed his country’s interest to help Bangladesh in the post-pandemic economic recovery and lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in controlling the decision.

The Communist country also assured Bangladesh of speeding up Chinese-funded projects.

Yi also asked Momen to ensure justice for the killing of a Chinese citizen in Pirojpur and take safety measures for all Chinese nationals in Bangladesh.

Momen also apprised Yi about Bangladesh government’s pledge to ensure safety of Chinese nationals in Bangladesh. The Police have already arrested two accused in the killing of the Chinese national and that their trial will be completed at the soonest, he said.

Momen made his wish of renewing the visas of Bangladeshi students, who study in China, now stranded in Bangladesh, by Chinese authorities.

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