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'Bangladesh wants peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis'

| Updated: October 19, 2017 16:23:06

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Bangladesh wants a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis through diplomatic efforts and it will not take any ‘suicidal’ decision like getting involved in any war.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali made the remarks on Monday after briefing diplomats at state guesthouse Padma in Dhaka, reports UNB.

“Why should we get involved in war? We won’t do that. Why should we destroy our development? We want peace,” the minister said.

Pointing finger at critics, the Foreign Minister reiterated that they are not going to fight with Myanmar. “Why should we go to that direction? Why should we commit suicide? We won’t take any suicidal step.”

He said Bangladesh is now a role model of development for many countries, including some developed ones, in the world.

Minister Ali cited the examples of Iraq, Syria and Yemen which witnessed massive destruction of societies, civilization and everything because of wars.

He invited the critics to come and give their opinions at the discussion to be held at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Tuesday morning.

“We’ll discuss openly. You all come and take part in the discussion,” he said inviting all to the event that will focus on Rohingya crisis.

Minister Ali said the entire international community is beside Bangladesh on the issue and all should get united on the mater.

He expressed his displeasure over the comments made by various quarters questioning the Foreign Ministry’s role. “We’re looking for a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis through diplomatic efforts.”

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were also present.

Minister Ali briefed diplomats over the issue in the past, too.

Over 519,000 Rohingyas have fled into Bangladesh following relentless persecution in Rakhine, with Bangladesh urging the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals and make their return to their homeland sustainable.

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