‘US to continue exerting pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya repatriation’

Kurigram Correspondent
Published : 13:42, Aug 24, 2019 | Updated : 13:56, Aug 24, 2019

US Ambassador Earl Robert Miller speaks to media during an emergency relief response programme in Kurigram on Saturday (Aug 24). The United States (US) wants willing, safe and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar, says US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Robert Miller. 

They would continue to exert pressure on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas and had already imposed sanctions against many Myanmar military official, including it’s Military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, as part of the efforts, he said.

Miller made the remarks in response to media queries during his visit to the flood affected areas of Notarkandi village in Kurigram’s Chilmari upazila on Saturday (Aug 24) morning.

Thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her role in the Rohingya issue, Miller said that Bangladesh had opened its door to give shelter to thousands of Rohingyas and the US was trying to help resolve the Rohingya issue in many ways.

Earlier, the US ambassador visited many areas of the village and distributed relief materials among the flood- affected people there. 

He spoke to the local residents and local government officials to understand how US assistance could play a complementary role in Bangladesh government’s relief management activities.

The US Embassy has said in a recent media release that the US government has given relief assistance worth Tk 100,000 for the flood victims in Kurigram.