US President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh of continuing to exert its pressure on Myanmar to create necessary conditions for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingyas to their homeland.
Trump expressed his country's stance in a letter sent to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"The United States will continue to pressure Myanmar to create necessary conditions for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingya people to their homeland," he said in the letter.
US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat handed over the letter to the prime minister during a courtesy call on Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Thursday.
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While briefing journalists about the meeting, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said Trump had highly appreciated Hasina for her leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis.
In the letter, the US president said there is no question that those in Myanmar responsible for instigating this crisis must be held accountable.
"The United States is deeply grateful to the government of Bangladesh for its generous humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis," the US president said.
Mentioning that hosting over one million Rohingyas is a tremendous burden, he said the world knows Bangladesh's actions have saved thousands of lives. "Your response is testament to the character and resiliency of the Bangladeshi people, forged in the hardships they endured in 1971.”
As the largest humanitarian assistance donor in the world, the US remains committed to supporting Bangladesh alongside their international partners, he said.
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US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the latter’s official residence Ganobhaban in Dhaka on Thursday PID
"I hope Bangladesh continues to demonstrate the leadership that has resulted in recognition from around the world, particularly ahead of the challenging monsoon season."
Ihsanul said the prime minister thanked the US president for sending the letter.
Hasina reiterated her call to the international community, including the US, to continue mounting strong pressure on the Myanmar government to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.
She said the government is developing an island called Bhashanchar to give temporary shelter to 100,000 Rohingyas.
Locals are suffering and the environment is being affected due to the influx of Rohingyas, Hasina continued.
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US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat said the USAID provides assistance to refugees across the globe, and it is working in Cox's Bazar under the UN to mitigate the sufferings of the Rohingyas.
She told the prime minister that USAID President Mark Green and CEO of the Carter Center and former ambassador Marry Ann Peters will visit Bangladesh soon to see the plight of Myanmar's displaced people.
Bernicat also congratulated Hasina on her being honoured with the Global Women's Leadership Award 2018.
Maj Gen Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin, minister’s military affairs secretary to the prime minister, and Sajjadul Hassan, secretary to the Prime Minister Office, were present at the meeting .