Development of Myanmar’s Rakhine only long-term solution to Rohingya crisis, says EAM Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister, said on Sunday that rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development of Myanmar’s Rakhine state is the only long-term solution to the Rohingya crisis.

“It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to Rakhine state. In our view, the only long-term solution to the situation in Rakhine State is rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development that would have a positive impact on all the communities living in the State,” Swaraj was quoted as saying by ANI after a joint consultative committee meeting to discuss India-Bangladesh ties here.

Swaraj also expressed concern over the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and stated that India is committed to providing financial and technical assistance for projects to be undertaken in conjunction with the local authorities of Myanmar.

Talking about the approach to the situation, she also said, “We have urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population.” Swaraj also expressed India’s support to the recommendations of Rakhine Advisory Commission, headed by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

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