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Rohingya persecution: Indonesian Minister due Tuesday


Dhaka, Sept 4 – Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will arrive here on Tuesday to discuss with Bangladesh leadership the current persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.
The Indonesian Foreign Minister will arrive Tuesday noon by Thai Airways and is likely to depart at 10:00 pm by Singapore Airlines.She will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during her Dhaka visit.
As of now, around 80,000 people — mostly women and children — entered to Bangladesh after the attacks on police and army bases in Rakhine state on August 25 and the Myanmar military began crackdown.
The Indonesian minister earlier in December last year also visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and discussed with Bangladesh authorities for finding a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Earlier, Bangladesh has welcomed Indonesia’s willingness to engage with Myanmar to find ways for arresting the escalation of violence and finding a solution of the “protracted” problem.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi had a discussion over telephone on the issue on Tuesday last, said the Foreign Ministry officials on Wednesday.
Mahmood Ali further discussed the Rohingya issue on Wednesday when newly appointed Ambassador of Indonesia Rina Prithyasmiarsi Soemarno met him at the Foreign Ministry.
He also raised the issue of the recent escalation of violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar following the attacks on Myanmar security posts on August 25 and expressed concern at the imminent influx of Muslim population from the state seeking shelter in Bangladesh.
The minister reiterated Bangladesh’s readiness to assist Myanmar in addressing the security concern.
He emphasised implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Anan-led “Rakhine Advisory Commission” for a durable solution of the problem of the Rakhine State. – UNB


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