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Rohingya Crisis: Sheikh Hasina seeks global support at UN

By Rohingya Vision TV | 20th September, 2017

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had talks with some dignitaries, including US President Donald Trump, attending the UN General Assembly here when they assured her that they were with Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.

“On Myanmar issue, we’re with you,” Trump told the PM on the sidelines of a high-level meeting titled “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development”.

The US president hosted the programme at the ESCOS Chamber of the UN Headquarters on Monday.

Briefing reporters on Trump-Hasina talks, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said the US president told the PM that his country would see how the Rohingya refugee problem could be resolved.

Earlier Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US president Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees.

As Trump left an event he hosted at the United Nations on reforming the world body, Hasina said she stopped him for a few minutes.

“He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said ‘it’s doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar’,” Hasina told Reuters in an interview. “But he didn’t make any comment about refugees.”

During a meeting with Hasina, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi expressed his willingness to help Bangladesh address the Rohingya refugee problem.

He also wanted to visit Bangladesh, Shahidul said.

Hasina said all the UN organisations would help Bangladesh, but the registration of the Rohingya refuges would be done by the Bangladesh Army.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Palestine president highly appreciated the Bangladesh PM for making a noble gesture to Rohingyas.

“Everybody everywhere is appreciating the Bangladesh prime minister for her humanitarian gesture,” Ihsanul quoted Abbas as saying.

Hasina said some 700,000 Rohingya refugees were living in Bangladesh under makeshift arrangements. “But Myanmar must take back their nationals.”

Leaders of major countries in a meeting in New York on Monday called upon Myanmar to immediately stop atrocities against its Rohingya people and take back its nationals from Bangladesh.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the organiser of the meeting, said representatives from the USA, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, China and Denmark as well as national security adviser of Myanmar attended the meeting.

The leaders highly appreciated the way Bangladesh has given shelter and other supports to the Myanmar Rohingyas.

The Bangladesh foreign secretary said his country along with 127 others also signed the US-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to initiate an effective and meaningful reform of the world body.

A Myanmar military response to attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) last month in the country’s Arakan (Rakhine) state sent more than 4,10,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh and killed more than 1000s of innocent civillians, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing.

Source: News agencies