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Cambodia to use Asean mechanism to help Bangladesh solve Rohingya issue

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Mr Furuk Khan and Foreign Minister meets this morning. KT/Khem Sovannara

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn today said Cambodia will try its best to help Bangladesh resolve the Rohingya refugee issue with Myanmar through the Asean mechanism.

Mr Sokhonn made the commitment during a meeting with Muhammad Faruk Khan, chairman of Bangladesh’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, at the ministry.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said after the meeting that Mr Faruk Khan had requested Cambodia’s help to push Myanmar to repatriate the Rohingya, 1.1 million of whom have sought refuge in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar after fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

“He [Mr Faruk Khan] said he hopes Cambodia will play a role to help find a suitable solution for repatriating the refugees back to Myanmar,” Mr Kuong noted.

He said that in response, Mr Sokhonn said that the Kingdom would try to help Bangladesh find a solution within the Asean framework, because both Cambodia and Myanmar are members of the regional bloc.

“Cambodia hopes that Bangladesh and Myanmar will find a suitable solution to the Rohingya issue,” Mr Kuong quoted the minister as saying.

He said Mr Sokhonn and Mr Faruk Khan also discussed enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries including in the tourism and agriculture sectors.

“Bilateral trade between the two countries remains very small,” Mr Kuong said. “It was about $7 million in 2018 but increased to about $9 million during the first six months of last year.”

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