Germany suspends cooperation with Myanmar until Rohingya repatriation
Published: 06:20 PM, 27 February 2020 Updated: 07:21 PM, 27 February 2020
The displaced Rohingyas taking shelter in Bangladesh; File Photo
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Muller has announced to suspend development cooperation with Myanmar until the safe return of Rohingya refugees taking shelter in Bangladesh to their homes in Rakhine state.
The German embassy in Dhaka reported this on Thursday.
According to the German Embassy in Dhaka, Dr. Gerd Muller visited Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar on February 26. There he announced the suspension of development cooperation with Myanmar.
“Germany will use their development policy tools to support the Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting them,” he said after wrapping up a two-day visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday.
“Myanmar must do everything to protect the Rohingyas and help them in safe return.”
The German Federal Minister said about one million Rohingyas taken shelter in the Kutupalong refugee camp. “They are traumatized.”
Dr. Gerd Muller arrives in Dhaka on February 27 and met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his visit. He also met Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen.
During this, Dr. Momen requested Muller to consider meaningful measures on Myanmar to create a peaceful environment for a safe, dignified return of Rohingya, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Muller visited several garment factories in Gazipur during his visit and also held meetings with the leaders of the RMG workers union.
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Muller eft Bangladesh on February 27.