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Bangladesh Seeks Help from US in Pressurising Myanmar for Safe Return of Rohingyas

"It is the responsibility of the Myanmar government and military to create a conducive environment for Rohingyas to feel safe to return home"

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People who are not formally recognized as a national of any state under the operation of its laws are considered stateless. Wikimedia Commons

Bangladesh has sought help from the US in pressurising Myanmar to offer safeguards for the return of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled the country since August 2017.

Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen sought the US assistance during a meeting on Monday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, the government of Bangladesh said in a statement on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Momen discussed the importance of “repatriation of Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect”, the statement said.

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Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have illegally settled in the state of Kashmir. Wikimedia

According to the statement, Pompeo reiterated that the US “would stand beside Bangladesh (both politically and financially) in finding a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis”, Efe news reported.

“It is the responsibility of the Myanmar government and military to create a conducive environment for Rohingyas to feel safe to return home,” he said.

Momen told Pompeo about Dhaka’s plans to transfer a group of Rohingya to the uninhabited Bhashanchar island in the Bay of Bengal. The island has been prepared to host 100,000 refugees from the overcrowded camps in the Cox’s Bazar district.

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This is Rohingyas flag. Assam detained 3 rohingyas after locals complained about them to the police. Pixabay

Over 738,000 Rohingyas have arrived in the camps since the beginning of the crisis on August 25, 2017, following a wave of violence and persecution, which has been described by the United Nations an attempted ethnic cleansing.

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Most refugees of the majority-Muslim community live in harsh conditions in the Kutupalong camp — located near the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar. It has become the biggest refugee camp in the world.

Although Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement on November 23, 2017, the repatriation attempts have failed due to absence of conditions necessary for safe and voluntary return of the refugees. (IANS)

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Huawei all set for 5G Technical Support in Bangladesh: Report

The Minister said that facing the challenges of the digital new world, they were taking all the initiatives including the design to run 5G technology

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FILE - A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

China’s telecommunication giant Huawei is all set to facilitate Bangladesh with technical support in the implementation of 5G technology, an official statement said here on Saturday.

According to the statement, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Bruce Li talked about their readiness to help Bangladesh launch 5G when meeting Bangladeshi Post and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar recently in Dhaka, reports Xinhua news agency.

They also discussed and exchanged opinions about different issues of 5G technology including the challenges and possibilities.

Li said Bangladesh’s progress in the ICT sector was remarkable, and that 40 telecoms operators in over 20 countries are using 5G networks commercially.

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FILE – A man uses two smartphones at once outside a Huawei store in Beijing, May 20, 2019. VOA

According to the statement, Huawei has already signed more than 60 commercial contracts for 5G with leading global carriers and shipped more than 400,000 5G Massive MIMO active antenna units (AAUs) to global markets.

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The production and supply of Huawei’s optical transmission, data communications, and IT products grew steadily. And more than 700 cities, 228 Fortune Global 500 companies, and 58 Fortune Global 100 companies had selected Huawei as their partner for digital transformation, the statement said.

The Minister said that facing the challenges of the digital new world, they were taking all the initiatives including the design to run 5G technology. (IANS)