Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Rohingyas have become a huge burden for Bangladesh as there has been no progress yet over their repatriation although three years have elapsed since their massive influx into Bangladesh.
âTheyâve become a huge burden for Bangladesh. The environment and forest resources in Coxâs Bazar are getting destroyed,â she said.
The Prime Minister said this when newly-appointed Ambassador of The Netherlands Anne Gerard Van Leeuwen met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
PMâs press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
About the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said, âTheyâre creating economic pressure on us.â
The Ambassador said he has talked to various people, including refugees and NGO activists, and all of them think that the solution to the Rohingya crisis lies there in Myanmar.
Hasina appreciated the contributions of The Netherlands for the development of the country.
She mentioned Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahmanâs stance to develop Bangladesh through land reclamation like the Netherlands.