YANGON — Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the return of Rohingya refugees who fled across the border in the face of a Myanmar military crackdown in Rakhine state.
The deal was signed by Myanmar State Counsellor and Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar U Kyaw Tint Swe and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw on Thursday.
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi met with Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister to hammer out a deal as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis. Over 620,000 Rohingyas have poured into Bangladesh since August, running from a Myanmar military crackdown.
The talks between Suu Kyi and her Bangladeshi counterpart come ahead of a highly-anticipated visit to both nations from Pope Francis, who has been outspoken about his sympathy for the plight of the Rohingya.
Mainly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies committing atrocities against the Muslim minority, has agreed to work with Bangladesh to repatriate some of the Rohingya piling into desperately overstretched refugee camps.
The stateless Rohingya have been the target of communal violence and vicious anti-Muslim sentiment in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for years.
They have also been systematically oppressed by the government, which stripped the minority of citizenship and severely restricts their movement, as well as their access to basic services.
The latest crisis erupted after Rohingya rebels attacked police posts on August 25.
With Agency Inputs
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.