Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested talk to Myanmar on Rohingya Issue
London, Aug 13- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested that countries including Britain, which are concerned over the Rohingya issue, should hold talks with Myanmar instead of putting pressure on Bangladesh.
Hasina made the statement when British Secretary of International Development Affairs Andrew Mitchell met her in London on Sunday evening (UK local time).
The Prime Minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad later briefed journalists about the meeting discussion.
He quoted Hasina as telling the British Minister that Bangladesh, despite being an over-populated country, has long been hosting over 28,000 Myanmar refugees at two official camps in Cox's Bazar district while tens of thousands of others have been living in the country illegally.
She said her government provided food, water and in some cases money to the Rohingyas, who recently entered Bangladesh in the wake of sectarian violence in Myanmar, before sending them back.
The Prime Minister appreciated UK's support in Bangladesh's efforts to combat adverse impacts of climate change, Azad said.
She also thanked the British government for its assistance to Bangladesh in the fields of education, health, sanitation, natural disaster prevention and attainment of the UN-designed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The British Minister in turn appreciated the incumbent government's achievements in various sectors including agriculture, education, health and energy, Azad added.
Mitchell thanked Hasina for attending the World Nutrition Event in London.
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