Bangladesh has urged the United Kingdom to take one lakh Rohingyas from Bangladesh in addition to its request to the USA and Japan for sharing the burden.
“I had requested the US Secretary of State and Japan to resettle some (Rohingyas). They have agreed to some extent which is a good news for us,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters.
The foreign minister made the remarks after attending a views exchange meeting on post-flood development programme organized by Sylhet district administration at the Sylhet Circuit House on Friday.
Mosharraf Hossain, Sylhet Divisional Commissioner, Mohammad Mofiz Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General of Sylhet range, Md Nisharul Arif, Commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, President (acting) of Sylhet district Awami League and General Secretary Nasir Uddin Khan spoke at the event as special guests.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said as an essential component of an international, comprehensive humanitarian response, they are working to "significantly increase resettlement" of Rohingya refugees from the region, including from Bangladesh, so that they can rebuild their lives in the United States.
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki has said it is "vital to consider third-country resettlement" in parallel to repatriation of the Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar.
“Accepting refugees through third-country resettlement is one of the permanent solutions. It is a way to share the burden of the refugee crisis among the international community,” said the ambassador.
In December 2008, Japan decided upon a pilot programme to accept refugees from Myanmar through third-country resettlement as the first country in Asia.
Until today, 54 families and 200 people, including Rohingya, were resettled through this scheme, said the Japanese Ambassador.