Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Issa bin Youssef Al-Duhailan on Sunday said they are considering those Rohingyas as Bangladeshis who have been to Saudi Arabia with Bangladeshi passports.
“They came with Bangladeshi passports to Saudi Arabia,” he told reporters explaining why they are terming them “Bangalee people”.
After attending a food baskets distribution ceremony at a city hotel, the Saudi Ambassador said they have already sent a list of 55,000 people who lost their documents or documents’ validity got expired.
He said the Rohingya issue is a very old one, around 50 to 60 years’ old issue and the Saudi Arabia was so generous to take Rohingyas in the past. “The Rohingyas live in a particular area of a Saudi city.”
The Home Minister said Bangladesh saw the huge influx in August 2017 and over 1.1 million Rohingyas are now living in Bangladesh.
He thanked the Saudi government for its support towards Rohingya repatriation efforts apart from extending the humanitarian ones for the persecuted people.
The Home Minister said Bangladesh continues its efforts on all fronts for the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State and hoped that the Saudi government will continue its support.
He said the relationship between Bangladesh and the Saudi Arabia will be strengthened further in the coming days.
The Saudi Ambassador said the proposed visit of Saudi Foreign Minister has been postponed due to his domestic engagement and new circumstances; and the visit will take place soon to discuss bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China will hold a tripartite meeting virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways to expedite the Rohingya repatriation process as the international community finds the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar as the only solution to the crisis.
People live in hope and Rohingya refugees also do so and thus they spent another, 2020, that they would have a dignified return to their homeland in Myanmar. But, the hope for a better day did not come.
More than three years ago, Myanmar’s soldiers “targeted, killed, and raped” Rohingya and burned their villages, as the United Nations, Refugees International, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. State Department itself, and many others have documented.
Over 800,000 Rohingyas fled the “genocidal violence” and Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas.
Bangladesh is trying in multiple ways - bilaterally, multilaterally, tri-laterally and through the judicial system – to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017. On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland