October 2, 2017 / 9:32 AM / 2 years ago

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on 'working group' for refugee plan: minister

DHAKA, (Reuters) - Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Monday to set up a “joint working group” on the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugee who have fled to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told reporters after talks with a Myanmar official.

“We are looking forward to a peaceful solution to the crisis,” Ali said after his talks with Myanmar government official Kyaw Tint Swe.

More than half a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since late August, to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s military.

Reporting by Ruma Paul; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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