No Rohingya to be given Bangladeshi passport: FM...

Dhaka, Tuesday   27 October 2020

No Rohingya to be given Bangladeshi passport: FM

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:17 PM, 24 September 2020   Updated: 07:12 PM, 24 September 2020

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen; File Photo

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen; File Photo

Saudi Arabia is pressuring Bangladesh to issue Bangladeshi passports to 54,000 Rohingyas staying there, otherwise, 22 lakh Bangladeshis working there are being threatened to be sent back. However, no Rohingya will be given a Bangladeshi passport, said Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, informing the foreign ministers of the two countries will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday.

About 11 lakh Rohingyas are now living in Bangladesh, including 3 lakh who were already there. On the other hand, the Saudi authorities sheltered thousands of Rohingya in the 80s and 90s for humanitarian reasons. Many Rohingyas also went there with fake Bangladeshi passports. Now Saudi Arabia is pressuring 54,000 Rohingyas taking refuge in that country to get Bangladeshi passports.

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said, “They did not ask to bring back those 54,000 Rohingyas, but said to give them our country’s passport.” 

Bangladesh has formed a committee headed by the foreign secretary to verify the documents of the Rohingyas at the request of Saudi Arabia. However, international relations analysts have advised not to succumb to pressure.

He said diplomatic relations with all states need to be strengthened. “Bangladesh will state its position if the Saudi foreign minister raises the issue in an emergency meeting on September 27,” Dr. AK Abdul Momen added.