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China to facilitate Rohingya return

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China has assured Bangladesh of facilitating the repatriation of Rohingyas who have been living as refugees in different camps in Cox's Bazar district, fleeing from persecution in Myanmar.
The assurance came during a bilateral meeting between Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Friday.
Describing the situation of 1.1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the Foreign Minister sought China's active support in the repatriation process, said a Foreign Ministry press release.
"The displaced Rohingyas are so traumatized that they want solid security guarantee for their return. They want to return to their origina
villages and not to any camps; they must be accorded opportunities to earn their livelihood," Mahmood Ali said.  
He sought China's active support in expediting the process of early repatriation of these displaced people by encouraging Myanmar in creating a conducive environment in the Rakhine state for return and resettlement of the forcibly displaced people.
The Chinese Foreign Minister committed full support of China in realising early repatriation of the displaced people to Rakhine State and improve the resettlement environment there by helping in building houses and creating economic opportunities.
The two sides reviewed the progress made in implementation of decisions of the Joint Statement issued during the historic visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in 2016.
They also discussed the progress achieved in implementation of the different projects that were signed during the Chinese President's visit.
They agreed to work together closely for the common development of the region.
Earlier in the day, Mahmood Ali also met Chinese Vice President Wang Quishan, who congratulated Bangladesh on its graduation from least developed country club.
The Foreign Minister is visiting Beijing from 28-30 June 2018 at the invitation of the State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi.

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