Singapore to raise Rohingya issue at ASEAN Summit


Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday said his country would raise the Rohingya issue at the 35th ASEAN Summit that will begin in Bangkok on Oct 31, report agencies.

His remarks came as Bangladesh seeks sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Singaporean minister informed this while a delegation from Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs headed by its chairman M Faruk Khan called on the Foreign Minister of Singapore at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore.

He was accompanied by other two Parliament members; Nurul Islam Nahid, and Kazi Nabil Ahmed. Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore was also present. They discussed various issues related to Rohingya repatriation and ways for their early return to Myanmar who are temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh.

Singapore Foreign Minister reiterated that Singapore’s support on this issue will be continued and also mentioned that he will discuss this issue in the next ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs are now in Singapore on a four-day visit and will leave Singapore on Oct 27, 2019.