China Ready to Mediate Between Myanmar, Bangladesh Over Rohingya Row

BY ON 26/04/2017

Dhaka: China offered on Tuesday to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas, two Bangladesh foreign ministry officials said.

Around 69,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar since October, straining relations between the two neighbours who each see the stateless Muslim minority as the other nation’s problem.

Chinese special envoy Sun Guoxiang, beginning a four-day trip to Bangladesh, urged Dhaka to resolve the row with Myanmar bilaterally but also said Beijing stood ready to help in the matter, a foreign ministry official in Dhaka told Reuters.

Sun made the proposal during a meeting with Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque, the official said. He declined to be named, saying he was not authorised to speak to the media.

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