Bangladesh offers help to Myanmar government to fight “Rohingya insurgents”

Sheikh Hasina is the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and the leader of the ruling Awami League Party.

The Bangladeshi government has offered its assistance in a proposed joint anti-terrorism operation with Myanmar to counter the “Rohingya insurgency”.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry issued the proposal on Monday after meeting Myanmar’s acting ambassador in Dhaka, Aung Myint.

A ministry official who wanted to remain anonymous told the Bangla Tribune that it was a completely new proposal.

He said: “We have shown our interest to help Myanmar get rid of its security concerns.”

This was the second time the Myanmarese ambassador was summoned to the ministry in two days.

In an official letter to the ambassador, the Bangladeshi government has proposed a joint operation along its border with Myanmar.

The operation will entail intelligence sharing and security cooperation between the border security forces of both countries.

The Myanmarese army have been carrying out horrific atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine State over the last week.

However, the Myanmar government stated that they were merely responding to violence carried out by Rohingya insurgents and “Bengali terrorists”.

With regards to the usage of the term “Bengali terrorists”, the Foreign Ministry official said: “We have expressed our grave concern about the term and asked the ambassador to tell the higher authorities of his government not to use it again.”

The Bangladeshi government had proposed another joint operation to Myanmar last August but it failed to materialise due to a lack to elaboration on remits and resources.

The Border Guard Police and Border Guard Bangladesh met in April this year to discuss this issue but nothing conclusive was agreed.

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