Myanmar, Bangladesh sign Rohingya return deal: Myanmar official

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, a senior Myanmar official told Reuters, for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to the neighboring country to escape a Myanmar army crackdown.

“We are ready to take them back as soon as possible after Bangladesh sends the forms back to us,” said Myint Kyaing, a permanent secretary at Myanmar’s ministry of labor, immigration and population, referring to registration forms the Rohingya must complete with personal details before repatriation.

Reporting by Thu Thu Aung and Yimou Lee; Writing by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Clarence Fernandez