Indonesia yesterday informed Bangladesh that a comprehensive response team of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) would soon visit Cox’s Bazar and Myanmar’s Rakhine State to prepare a comprehensive need assessment.
Dhaka and Jakarta agreed to enhance the role of Asean in repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, now in Jakarta, had a “fruitful” meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Rento Marsudi. They discussed the Rohingya crisis, among others issues of mutual interest.
Alam briefed Marsudi about the outcome of the latest Joint Working Group Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.
Earlier, Bangladesh floated the idea that Myanmar could agree to creating a safe zone under the direct supervision of Asean to ensure safety and security of Rohingyas, to have them return voluntarily.
State Minister Alam is leading a four-member delegation to Jakarta to garner Indonesian support in an initiative called South and South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO).
He handed over a formal letter of invitation to Marsudi for attending the upcoming conference in Dhaka.