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UN chief Guterres to visit Bangladesh to assess Rohingya situation 

United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres will travel to Bangladesh next week to take stock of the situation on the ground towards the safe, voluntary and dignified return of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

According to the UN estimates, nearly 6,00,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 25 when the army launched a military crackdown, triggering one of the world’s worst refugee crises.

The Secretary General will travel on July 1 in a joint visit with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters here yesterday.

He said the visit will highlight the generosity of Bangladesh in hosting the largest refugee influx of 2017 and the need of the international community to do more.

The visit also aims to lay the groundwork for further dialogue with the Government of Bangladesh on medium-term planning for the refugee situation and to reiterate the UN and the World Bank’s support for finding comprehensive solutions to the situation of the Rohingya people.

In Dhaka, Guterres and Kim will have bilateral meetings with Bangladeshi authorities, including with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

They will travel to Cox’s Bazar on July 2 to visit Rohingya refugee communities and humanitarian workers and advocate for more donor support.

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