Singapore FM to visit Rohingya camps today


Rohingya camps in Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will visit in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps on Sunday to see the situation on the ground.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will accompany him during the visit.

Minister Balakrishnan arrived here on Saturday evening on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with special focus on Rohingya one, said an official.

Bangladesh and Myanmar have already agreed to begin first batch of Rohingya repatriation on November 15.

His Bangladesh counterpart Minister Ali hosted a dinner in honour of Singapore Minister at State guesthouse Padma on Saturday night.

The visiting Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Sunday morning) before going to Cox’s bazar to oversee the Rohingya situation.

He is scheduled to return back to Dhaka in the evening after visiting the Rohingya camps.

On September 29, Minister Balakrishnan said Myanmar should start repatriating the Rohingyas from Bangladesh, and it must ensure that they return to a society where there is security, peace, justice and better prospects for everyone.

“The next step has to be repatriation, since there was an agreement signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh, in fact, in November last year,” he said in New York.

Minister Balakrishnan, earlier, outlined ASEAN’s engagement of Myanmar in helping it respond to this crisis, and underscored ASEAN’s readiness to assist with humanitarian relief.

Singapore thinks a long term solution to this complex issue could only be found when all relevant stakeholders were committed to resolving the issue.UNB.

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