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Japanese foreign minister to visit Bangladesh over Rohingya crisis

  • November 13, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 12:49 p.m.
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TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is planning to visit Bangladesh from Saturday for talks with local officials about the crisis-level outflow of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

 

During U.N. General Assembly meetings in September, Kono said Tokyo will provide up to $4 million in emergency assistance to both Myanmar and Bangladesh through international organizations.

 

More than half a million Rohingya — a persecuted, stateless minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar — have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since renewed violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August.

 

Meanwhile, Kono is unlikely to attend the Asia-Europe foreign ministers meeting in Myanmar starting next Monday due to the Diet schedule.

 

Japan will send Kazuyuki Nakane, senior vice foreign minister, on his behalf, the official said.

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