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China commits to play positive role in resolving Rohingya crisis

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rohinga-backingDhaka: Chinese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou ha reiterated his country’s commitment to play a positive and constructive role in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

He also appreciated the staunch political will of Bangladesh to resolve the crisis peacefully while leading the Chinese side during the 11th Bangladesh-China Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) meeting held in Beijing on Thursday, a foreign ministry press release said here on Friday.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque is leading a 10-member Bangladesh delegation to the 11th FOC.

During the meeting Foreign Secretary Haque noted that the crisis originated as a conflict between the Myanmar Government and its own people and stressed that Myanmar should start taking back its people without further delay as per the agreement reached during the recently concluded Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting.

In this context, he requested the Chinese side to do its utmost to encourage Myanmar to create a conducive environment for the speedier return of the displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine.

Later in another meeting, Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi told Haque Beijing would continue supporting Bangladesh’s various economic development and infrastructure projects.

The FOC specially focused on progress of materialising the agreements reached during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in October 2016 and during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to China in June 2014.

The FOC outlined the future course of action to carry forward the ongoing works to translate into action the commitments reached at the leaders’ level.