China to provide further assistance to Myanmar, Bangladesh on Rakhine issue

Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-29 21:59:00|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Beijing, capital of China, June 29, 2018. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- China will provide further help to Myanmar and Bangladesh to improve the living conditions and resettlement of displaced people from Myanmar's Rakhine state, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

The assistance, based on the willingness of Myanmar and Bangladesh, will include emergency material aid and construction of required facilities, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily press briefing.

It is China's consistent stance that the Rakhine issue should be solved through dialogue and negotiation between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and international society can play a constructive role based on their willingness, Lu said.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday had tea with Myanmar's minister of the office of the State Counselor U Kyaw Tint Swe and Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, and they reached several common understandings, according to Lu.

They agreed to improve the situation in Rakhine state as soon as possible based on a three-phase solution, namely on-site ceasefire, repatriation, and development, and then seek a formal solution through negotiations on that basis.

They also agreed to take concrete measures as soon as possible to solve repatriation issues.

Myanmar and Bangladesh reached an agreement last November on the arrangements concerning displaced people returning to Rakhine state, after they had fled to Bangladesh due to conflict in the region.

The two countries also agreed to give full play to each others' advantages and strengthen cooperation in the border area between Myanmar and Bangladesh so as to improve the livelihood of the people.