Saudi won`t send back 54,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh: FM
Published: 10:03 PM, 25 September 2020 Updated: 10:05 PM, 25 September 2020
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. (File Photo)
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will not send back 54,000 Rohingyas living there for decades.
"The Saudi government told us it’ll be helpful for them if we provide them with passports as it [Saudi Arabia] doesn't keep stateless people," he told reporters after attending a programme in the city.
The Foreign Minister said they formed a three-member committee, headed by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, to look into the Saudi request.
"It doesn't mean the Saudi government will send them back to Bangladesh," Dr Momen said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the foreign minister said in response to a question from reporters, "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."
It is reported that about 11 lakh Rohingyas are now living in Bangladesh, including 3 lakh who were already there.