Iran, Bangladesh Discuss Plight of Rohingya Refugees

Photo of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh / Photo by Anadolu

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed in Dhaka.

In the Wednesday meeting, the two sides conferred on the issues of the Muslim Rohingya refugees.

More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine province in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh following a military-led crackdown in 2016 that the UN has said was perpetrated with “genocidal intent.”

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August 2017.

Zarif and Sheikh Hasina also discussed mutual relations, ways of boosting reciprocal ties in various economic, cultural and research areas as well as the latest regional developments.

Also on the agenda was Iran’s efforts to ease tensions as well as Tehran-Dhaka cooperation at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other international organizations.

Zarif is in Dhaka heading a delegation in order to meet Bangladesh officials and attend a meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

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