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Myanmar security forces to go back soon : FM

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Published: 09:46, 12 February 2024

Myanmar security forces to go back soon : FM

Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud. Photo: Collected

Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday (12 February) said members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police (BGP) and army who had fled to Bangladesh will be sent back to Myanmar soon.

I don't want to share any specific date. That's confidential as security issues are involved. Both sides reached a consensus that they will be sent back soon, he told reporters wishing not to say anything on technical issues.

The Foreign Minister said they are working on their return to Myanmar. That's our priority. They (Myanmar) want to take them back. It was not just the members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police (BGP) and army who had fled to Bangladesh, there were some of their family members, too.

Over a hundred people have also entered India and Myanmar took them back. Responding to a question, the Foreign Minister said they kept the media informed from time to time about their arrival. "There is no scope for any hide and seek."

He said the Ambassador of Myanmar in Dhaka was summoned and a strong protest was lodged. We never to want to see our security being compromised due to Myanmar's internal conflict.

The Foreign Minister said Bangladesh is hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and for their growing presence Bangladesh is facing multiple problems on security, climate and illegal drugs fronts.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe, Myanmar is being shifted to Yangon on a temporary basis due to the current security situation there.

Regarding his just completed first bilateral visit to India, Dr Hasan said he is impressed to see the level of respect shown by the Indian side to Bangladesh during the visit.

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