Dhaka: Foreign Secretary (FS) M Shahidul Haque on Monday said the government urged the international community to pursue Myanmar for immediate and unconditional implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission's recommendations.
The foreign secretary also claimed that China and India are with Bangladesh to face the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a diplomatic briefing at State Guest House Padma.
Shahidul Haque said Mahmood Ali briefed the envoys about the current situation over the influx of Rohingyas and apprised that over 300,000 Rohingyas have already entered Bangladesh in the last two weeks.
He said the minister also mentioned that Bangladesh has already been hosting some 400,000 Rohingyas for the last three decades and the total number of Myanmar nationals living in Bangladesh has now crossed 700,000.
“This is creating a huge challenge for Bangladesh in terms of providing shelter as well as other humanitarian assistances to them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said the government has decided to take all the Ambassadors, High Commissioners and CDAs stationed in Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday to help them see for themselves the challenges and humanitarian crisis Bangladesh is facing due to fresh influx of over 300,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar in the face of persecution in the neighbouring country.
Ambassadors, High Commissioners, CDAs from diplomatic Missions of Afghanistan, Brunei Darussalam, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives were present at the diplomatic briefing. However, Myanmar was not invited to attend the meeting.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, the Foreign Secretary and other senior officials of the Foreign Ministry were also present.