Rohingya migrants are a “huge burden” for Bangladesh and the country is reaching out to the international community to ensure they return to their homeland, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, adding that she feels India could play a major role in the resolution. of the problem.
In an interaction with ANI, Sheikh Hasina confessed that the presence of thousands of Rohingyas in Bangladesh had created challenges for his regime.
“Well, you know… it’s a big burden for us. India is a huge country; you can accommodate yourself but you don’t have much. But in our country… we have 1.1 million Rohingya. So good… they are consulting with the international community and also with our neighboring countries, they should also take some measures to be able to return home,” Hasina said.
The Bangladeshi prime minister said her government had tried to care for the displaced community with humanitarian considerations in mind.
“To these Rohingyas, yes… in the humanitarian field we give them shelter and we offer them everything, but during this COVID, we vaccinate the entire Rohingya community. But how long will they stay here? So in the camp they stay. Our environmental danger is there.
So some people are dedicated to drug trafficking or some armed conflict, trafficking in women. Day by day it is increasing. As soon as they return home, it is good for our country and good for Myanmar as well. So we have been doing our best to go after them, we are discussing with them and also with the international community, like ASEAN or the UN, and then with other countries,” Hasina said.
The prime minister of Bangladesh said that her country had offered refuge to the Rohingya when they were facing many problems. “But now they should go back to their country. But India as a neighboring country can play a big role in that, I’m sorry,” Hasina added.
Prime Minister Hasina will start her four-day visit to India from Monday.
During the interview, Hasina was also asked about her country’s cooperation with India in the exchange of river water, especially regarding the Teesta River. Hasina said that while there were challenges, they were nothing they couldn’t mutually resolve.
“It’s very sad that we’re in… you know… downstream. So the water is coming from India, so India should show more generosity.”
Because both countries will be beneficiaries. So sometimes our people suffered a lot from this need for water. Especially Teesta, we couldn’t go to the harvest and a lot of problems occurred.
So, I think it should be resolved, but yes, we find that the Prime Minister is very… you know… eager to solve this problem, but the problem is in his country. So…we hope that it should, you know…it should be resolved,” Hasina said.
He added that the two countries shared the water of the Ganges River. “We only share the Ganges water. The water, we signed the treaty. But we have 54 other rivers. Yes… So it is a long-standing problem, so it needs to be resolved,” he said.