DHAKA — The foreign ministers of Japan, China, Germany and Sweden are meeting in Bangladesh this weekend to discuss the humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar, according to Bangladesh Foreign Ministry officials.
The ministers from Japan, Germany and Sweden as well as the EU foreign policy chief will also visit the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh on Sunday, likely accompanied by their Bangladesh counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, they said.
The ministers are visiting the South Asian country ahead of a two-day gathering of the Asia-Europe foreign ministers in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw from Monday.
The four foreign ministers visiting Bangladesh are Taro Kono of Japan, Wang Yi of China, Sigmar Gabriel of Germany and Margot Wallstrom of Sweden. Visiting from the European Union is Federica Mogherini.
The United Nations estimates that more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine State have flooded into Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when violence broke out between Rohingya insurgents and security forces, prompting a harsh crackdown.
Rohingya refugees and human rights groups claim the security forces’ response has involved extreme violence, rape and the razing of entire villages in what a top U.N. human rights official has suggested was a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.