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Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – The United States wants to see other countries join them to step up and do more for the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh saying this is the time of need as monsoon is coming.
“We do believe other countries should step up and do more. This is the time of need for Rohingyas,” said USAID Administrator Mark Green on Wednesday.
He made the remarks while talking to reporters at the Foreign Ministry here after his meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque. US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat accompanied him in the meeting.
Green said he visited Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar to learn and see on his own eyes the situation. “US should be joined by others in helping Rohingyas as monsoon is coming.”
He appreciated Bangladesh and its people for showing “remarkable hospitality” for the Rohingyas.
USAID Administrator said he will be visiting Myanmar and discuss the situation with the officials in Myanmar based on what he has seen in Bangladesh.
He said he will report back to US Secretary of State after wrapping up his visit which will help them take important decisions in the future.
Meanwhile, the United States has called on the government of Myanmar to create conditions that would allow for the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of Rohingyas.
The US also urged the government of Myanmar to allow for immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to reach people in need in Rakhine State.
Spokesperson at the US Department of State Heather Nauert said this at a regular briefing in Washington, DC on Tuesday.
USAID Administrator Mark Green is now visiting Bangladesh. He visited Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday and announced more than US$ 44 million in new humanitarian assistance to support Rohingyas in Bangladesh and other vulnerable groups affected by the conflict in Myanmar.
This now brings the total US humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Myanmar to more than US$ 299 million since the beginning of fiscal year 2017.
The new funding will provide emergency food and nutrition as well as shelter, safe drinking water, life-saving medical care, and other critical aid.
The USAID Administrator Green met representatives from UNHCR, the World Food Program, and with newly arrived Rohingyas who are now among the 700,000 Rohingya who have fled violence and conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 25, 2017.
Administrator Green will visit Myanmar and will meet officials there to discuss urgent steps needed to end the crisis in the Rakhine State and address violence in other parts of the country.