China is organising the meeting a year after a similar discussion Myanmar -Bangladesh . Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Wednesday.
“We hope it will yield good results. We are still hopeful,” said Momen. Secretary-level officials will represent Bangladesh while Myanmar will send deputy minister-level officials.
The foreign minister said the last such meeting in January last year saw “some progress”, but Myanmar has remained silent since then.
“They had said they would make booklets in Rohingya and Myanmar’s own languages.
They had showed some interest, but no meeting took place. (They) gave COVID-19 and elections as excuses,” he said.
The meeting was supposed to be held on Jan 9 or 10, but was delayed because the Chinese foreign minister is visiting Myanmar now.
Bangladesh on Monday handed a list of 230,000 more Rohingya refugees to Myanmar for repatriation to their homeland in Rakhine State.
In six phases, including the latest one, Bangladesh has handed lists of 830,000 Rohingya to Myanmar, which has verified only 42,000 refugees, but the repatriation has not begun.
More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed the border into Bangladesh after a 2017 crackdown by the Myanmar military, taking the number of refugees in Bangladesh past 1 million.