Dhaka, 23 Nov, Abnews: Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi began their meeting at Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday morning when they discussed various issues of mutual interests, including the crucial Rohingya repatriation issue.
The meeting began at 10:00 am (Myanmar time) at Suu Kyi’s office.
Bangladesh and Myanmar are expected to sign an ‘Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State’ after the meeting if both sides’ decision reaches a consensus.
Both sides had a series of lengthy meetings on Wednesday to agree on terms and conditions of the proposed return arrangement.
Bangladesh in its senior officials meeting on Wednesday raised the issue of keeping a provision for a timeframe over completion of Rohingyas repatriation, a senior official told UNB.
“We agreed on many things though our expectation is not met fully. It’s not possible in any negotiations,” said a senior official of Bangladesh side.
Sources said Myanmar wants to start repatriation within the next two months if the deal is signed.
Bangladesh wants to end repatriation of Rohingyas by one year though Myanmar keeps it open-end without giving specific timeframe for completion.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Bangladesh Ambassador to Yangon M Sufiur Rahman and representatives from Home Ministry and Prime Minister's Office also attended the meeting on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister and the Myanmar's Minister for State Counsellor's office had a marathon meeting when they discussed various issues of bilateral interest, including the Rohingya issue.
Soon after the one-to-one lengthy meeting, the Foreign Minister attended the ministerial meeting on 'Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State'.
Over 622,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border and taken shelter in Cox's Bazar district since August 25.