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Safe return of Rohingya to Myanmar

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina before their meeting in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Hasina arrived in India on Thursday for a visit during which she is expected to sign agreements on increasing trade and investment and improving regional connectivity. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The prime ministers of India and Bangladesh have agreed on the need for greater efforts to facilitate the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh, a joint statement said Saturday.

The statement, issued during a visit to India by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said that she and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed that the measures should include improving security and socio-economic conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. India will provide additional humanitarian aid to help refugees living in camps in Bangladesh, according to the statement.

In what has become Asia’s largest refugee crisis in decades, some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh. The two leaders also signed agreements on security, energy and transport.

Hasina highlighted that the people of Bangladesh are awaiting implementation of a 2011 agreement for sharing water from the Teesta river, which fl ows from India into Bangladesh. Modi told her that his government is working with all stakeholders in India for the implementation of the agreement. (AP)

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