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India pushing Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees: Sushma Swaraj

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Dhaka: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed solidarity with Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis and said India is putting pressure on Myanmar to take back refugees who have fled the Buddhist-majority nation, a top aide of Bangladesh Prime Minister has said. Swaraj, the top aide said, also told the Bangladesh premier that India was trying to exert “pressure, bilaterally and multilaterally, on Myanmar to stop

Swaraj, the top aide said, also told the Bangladesh premier that India was trying to exert “pressure, bilaterally and multilaterally, on Myanmar to stop persecution of ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims.” Hasina, on the other hand, explained to Swaraj the helplessness and miseries of the refugees, particularly of minor children and women, and said Bangladesh is trying to address their basic needs.

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“She (Hasina) told Swaraj that Bangladesh required external supports to handle the refugee issue and return them to Myanmar,” the spokesman said. Hasina said her government had allocated land for makeshift shelters of the Rohingyas “but it will certainly create a big problem for Bangladesh if they stay for too long”.