Indian external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar has said that early, safe and sustainable return of Rohingyas is the “collective interest of all”.
“As a neighbor of both Bangladesh and Myanmar, we fully understand the urgency of this issue and an early, safe and sustainable repatriation of displaced persons from Rakhine is in the collective interest of all,” he said in a letter to his counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen.
Jaishankar wrote the letter thanking Bangladesh for its support to India to be the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, the foreign ministry said.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka also sent the letter to the media on Wednesday.
The text is as follows: “Thank you for your warm wishes on India’s election as a non-permanent member to the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.
“We deeply value your support extended toward India’s success at this election and look forward to a meaningful and a productive tenure at the UNSC.
“India, as a firm believer of reformed multinationalism, will be keen to work with other partner countries in seeking comprehensive and innovative solutions to peace, development and security.
“Excellency, we remain appreciative of the humanistic spirit of the government and the people of Bangladesh in hosting displaced people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
“As a neighbor of both Bangladesh and Myanmar, we fully understand the urgency of this issue and an early, safe and sustainable repatriation of displaced persons from Rakhine is in the collective interest of all.
“As we deal with the Covid pandemic, I would also like to reassure you of India's steadfast and continued support to the government and people of Bangladesh,” read the letter.