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Bangladesh-Myanmar JWG 2nd meeting underway

Diplomatic Correspondent |
Update: 2018-05-17 4:28:42 AM
Bangladesh-Myanmar JWG 2nd meeting underway
The JWG meeting in Dhaka (Photo: Shakil Ahmed)

DHAKA: The Joint Working Group (JWG), a body formed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for handling the Rohingya repatriation process, is holding the second meeting in Dhaka Thursday (May 18).  

The meeting started at state guest house 'Meghna' in Dhaka, at 11:00am.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque and his Myanmar counterpart U Myint Thu are leading the meeting on behalf of Bangladesh and Myanmar respectively.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Monjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury came to Dhaka, keeping the meeting in concentration. He also held a discussion with Shahidul Haque on Wednesday (May 16).

Earlier, first meeting of JWG held in Myanmar capital Naypyidaw on Jan 15.

The two neighboring countries also signed a ‘Physical Arrangement’ on the same day, with a vow to sending back the Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar.

As many as 7 lakhs of Rohingyas have taken shelter in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh since the upsurge in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on August 25 last yaer, to avoid persecution by the military there. Since then, Bangladesh has been demanding to send back the Myanmar nationals to their country as they were sheltered here on humanitarian ground.

Later, both the countries formed the Joint Working Group (JWG) on December 19 in the same year, to handle the Rohingya repatriation process, following progress on negotiation.

BDST: 1428 HRS, MAY 17, 2018

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