‘Passports of Saudi expatriate Rohingyas to be renewed’- Home Minister

Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that if any Bangladeshi citizen has gone to Saudi Arabia as a Rohingya, he must be given a passport. If Rohingyas who have taken Bangladeshi passports also apply for renewal, the matter will be considered.

He was responding to a question from the reporters at a hotel in the capital on Sunday (January 18) at noon.

The Home Minister said that if those residing in Saudi Arabia have got Bangladeshi passports once, and if they have not got Bangladeshi passports, if they have become Rohingyas, then they have to think through analysis.

Responding to a question from reporters, the Home Minister said the Rohingya problem is not of today. Rohingyas came to Bangladesh even 50-60 years ago. Saudi Arabia has also given shelter to the Rohingyas. The Rohingyas are currently living in camps in a Saudi city.

‘Our point is that they are all Rohingya, citizens of Myanmar," he said. We have always said that Rohingyas are not Bangladeshi citizens. And if we give a passport to someone, he must renew the passport. But those who are citizens of Myanmar, they are citizens of Myanmar, they are not citizens of Bangladesh.

Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said bilateral talks are underway with the United Nations to repatriate 11 lakh Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Hopefully, the Saudi government will stand by us to send the Rohingya back to their country. The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has implemented a project by distributing food items to Rohingya refugees and the host community in Bangladesh.

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Isa Yusuf Isa Al Duhailan was present on the occasion.