Chinese FM calls on Bangladesh, Myanmar to properly settle Rohingya issue, offers help

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-19 03:30:29|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a news conference during his visit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 18, 2017. (Xinhua)

DHAKA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday that China is willing to help Bangladesh and Myanmar properly solve the Rohingya issue.

Speaking to the press, the Chinese foreign minister said the turbulence in Myanmar has spread to Bangladesh and brought burden to it, yet Bangladesh has managed to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people who have crossed border into Bangladesh.

While speaking highly of the move taken by Bangladesh, Wang said China has provided emergency humanitarian aid to Bangladesh timely and is willing to do so if it is necessary.

The Chinese foreign minister hoped that Myanmar will consult with Bangladesh on how to solve the Rohingya issue as soon as possible.

China is pleased that Bangladesh and Myanmar have interacted with each over on the issue for several times, and that an agreement on repatriating the Rohingya people in Bangladesh will be reached, he said.

China holds the view that the Rohingya issue can only be solved properly by the consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, and only by this way can the agreement be accepted by the parties concerned and be sustainable, Wang said.

The Chinese foreign minister noted that the international community including the United Nations should create a good atmosphere for the consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The Rohingya issue is a complicated one touching on history, ethnicity and religion, among others, thus it calls for a comprehensive solution, said Wang.

Stressing that poverty is the root cause of turbulence and conflict, the Chinese foreign minister called on the international community to pay more attention to and support poverty reduction and development in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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