Myanmar minister to soon visit Rohingya camps as Bangladesh seeks refugees’ return

Dhaka: A Myanmar government minister will visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on Wednesday, officials said, a rare trip Dhaka hopes will help speed the return home of hundreds of thousands of the neighbouring nation’s Muslim minority.
Win Myat Aye, Myanmar’s minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, will speak with some of the roughly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims which the United Nations and aid groups say fled a military crackdown in their Buddhist-majority country since August 2017.
“So many people of his country are here and it’s their moral obligation to see their conditions,” Mohammed Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and rehabilitation commissioner, said.
“His country may want to show the global leaders that they are sincere to repatriate. Bangladesh expects to resolve the problem soon, as it is a huge burden for this country, which we cannot bear.”
The Myanmar minister confirmed last week that he was visiting Bangladesh.
Kalam will accompany Win Myat Aye on the visit to the camps in Kutupalong.