DHAKA — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono promised Bangladeshi counterpart A.K. Abdul Momen on Tuesday his country’s full support in securing the safe return of Rohingya Muslims who remain in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
Kono held talks with Momen in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka after visiting a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, which has accepted more than 740,000 Rohingya since August 2017, when Myanmar’s armed forces led a brutal crackdown against insurgents in Rakhine state.
In addition to working toward the return of the Rohingya, Kono pledged Japan’s help in improving sanitary conditions at the refugee camps, and in building up infrastructure such as ports in the Bay of Bengal.
Kono is slated to leave Bangladesh on Wednesday, after which he will make a stop in Myanmar before traveling to Thailand to attend a series of meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.