Dhaka: Beijing has assured Dhaka of assistance for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in Bangladeshi camps after fleeing violent persecution in Myanmar, with China constructing some 3,000 homes to accommodate returnees.
Bangladesh has been hosting more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims, reports the DPA news agency. Some 750,000 people crossed the border after Myanmar launched a military crackdown on the minority group in 2017.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told a news conference he had met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Dhaka last week. Momen said the Chinese minister informed the meeting that his country had already constructed 3,000 homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for the prospective returnees.
“China will also arrange initial food support for them once (the refugees) are returned,” Momen said. “We must thank (China) that they agreed to do that,” the Minister said, adding that verification of the identity of the refugees was underway.
Myanmar has so far checked the identity of some 58,000 people as Bangladesh sent biometric data of more than 800,000 refugees living in the camps located in the south-eastern district of Cox’s Bazar, according to officials.