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US takes partnership with Bangladesh ‘seriously’

Published : 08 Dec 2022 09:36 PM

The United States takes its partnership with Bangladesh “seriously” in supporting the Rohingya refugees, assistant secretary of state Julieta Valls Noyes has said as she concluded her five-day visit.

During the visit from December 3-7, she met with government officials to express “gratitude” for their “generosity” in hosting Rohingya and other refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian crisis in Burma.

She also met with non-governmental and international organiation partners to highlight the US commitment to supporting the Rohingya refugee response and impacted host communities.

As an Assistant Secretary, Noyes is responsible for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the state department.

In a statement, she said she met with Bangladeshi officials, other Bangladeshis, Rohingya refugees, and humanitarian partners to understand the effects of the violence in Burma on the lives of Bangladeshis and Rohingya. 

 “During my visit, our delegation observed refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, where we pledged to continue our support, alongside many other countries, NGOs, and international organizations, to Rohingya refugees and the affected Bangladeshi communities.”  

She said since 2017, the American people have provided more than $1.9 billion in humanitarian assistance to affected populations in Burma, Bangladesh, and elsewhere in the region, for Rohingya and their host communities.  

“As Human Rights Day approaches, I am reminded that the five-year crisis Rohingya refugees have endured has impacted their basic freedoms.  We have placed strong sanctions on Burma to encourage changes in behavior that will stop the violence and allow Rohingya to return to their homeland.

“We also support efforts to hold the perpetrators of the genocide against Rohingya accountable and to ensure justice for the victims.

“As part of our unwavering partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and our comprehensive response to Rohingya refugees, the US government is very pleased to establish, in coordination with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other resettlement countries, a resettlement program for the most vulnerable Rohingya refugees,” she said.

 “The United States commends the people of Bangladesh for generously welcoming refugees into their communities and for recognising what is also clear to us— it is not yet safe for refugees to return home. 

 “We stand with Bangladesh in responding to the needs of refugees and the Bangladeshis who host them because all people deserve to live in safety and with dignity,” she said.