India ready to help Rohingya refugees to return back to Myanmar

After Bangladesh urged India to intervene in Rohingya refugee crisis issue, India has Urged Myanmar to ensure the safe return of Rohingya citizens now staying in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

During the two-day trip of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Myanmar, she took up the issue and promised every possible help to rehabilitate the refugees.

“The External Affairs Minister also reiterated India’s readiness and commitment to helping the Government of Myanmar in addressing issues related to Rakhine state. The Minister … underlined the need for the safe, speedy and sustainable return of displaced persons to the Rakhine state,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a press note on Friday.

External Affairs Minister also informed the Myanmar government about the completion of the project to set up prefabricated housing for the Rohingya population returning from their present camps in Bangladesh.

During her two-day visit, Ms. Swaraj met U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and held consultations with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Both sides discussed security-related issues and the ongoing operation in the Rakhine province.

India and Myanmar also concluded the Agreement on Land Border Crossing, which will allow people from both sides to cross the border with passport and visa for health and educational needs and tourism.

with ToI Inputs
Edited By Tajamul Islam

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