Myanmar should take back Rohingya, says Sushma

Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them

Rohingya refugees

"India is deeply concerned at the spate of violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar".

“It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to Rakhine state.

She, however, preferred not to use the word "Rohingya" and said "we have urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population".

Bangladesh has been dealing with the Rohingya issue for a long time, because of the huge influx of refugees from Myanmar. Many in the Buddhist-majority country view them as unwanted immigrants from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has sought India's "sustained pressures" on Myanmar for resolution of the crisis.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will leave on a two-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday.

This is Sushma's second visit to Bangladesh as external affairs minister of India, the first being her first stand-alone overseas visit since assuming office in 2014. "India for its part has committed to providing financial and technical assistance for identified projects to be undertaken in Rakhine state in conjunction with local authorities".

Swaraj also said India supported the implementation of recommendations suggesting recognition of the Rohingya ethnic group within Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and are effectively stateless.

The third JCC meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014.

Swaraj informed the prime minister about her official talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart saying the entire gamut of bilateral relations came up in their discussion and she was very satisfied at the state of bilateral relations.

She is "expected to meet the Bangladeshi leadership and also interact with the representatives of leading Bangladeshi think-tanks, chambers of commerce and industry and cultural organisations", an Indian High Commission statement said.

Since the middle of last month, India has, through its "Operation Insaniyat", supplied essential commodities like parboiled rice, dal, salt, sugar, cooking oil, tea, milk powder, mosquito nets and soap to the displaced Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh.

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