Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees. “The issue of Rohingya did not come up during the meeting for discussion”, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, told reporters at a news conference in New Delhi.
Sheikh Hasina is now in NY to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), reports UNB.
“I have long respected India’s accomplished and charismatic Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and it was an honor to meet her today”, Ivanka said. It was a very short meeting.
“Warm encounter reflecting our historical and cultural ties”.
Trump enquired about the economic progress of Bangladesh and Sheikh Hasina in reply said, “Doing well”. Bangladesh has urged the United Nations to put pressure on Myanmar to address the Rohingya issue. Most face travel restrictions and are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.
According to the United Nations reports around 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 25. “They [Rohingya] are our neighbour, these distressed people just came to us, we are trying to help them”, Hasina told the news agency.
The External Affairs Minister also met the Foreign Ministers of UAE, Bahrain, Denmark, Latvia and Tunisia and discussed issues of mutual interest. The controversial Doklam did not figure in talks, while both Ms Swaraj and her Bhutanese counterpart discussed development projects that India was sponsoring.
After the meeting, Kumar tweeted “Strengthening traditionally unique bilateral relations”.
Sushma Swaraj meets Sheikh Hasina in New York, US.
“We had a great discussion on women’s entrepreneurship, the upcoming #GES2017 and workforce development in the United States and India”, Ivanka said in a tweet after the meeting.
Bhutan which is also a neighbouring country sharing the border had faced the consequences of the standoff and expressed relief when the matter was resolved.