On Sunday (13 November) A delegation led by Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia, Nasser Bin Abdul Aziz Al Dawood held a bilateral meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in capital and requested to give or renew passports to about three lakh Rohingyas staying in Saudi Arabia.
However, Bangladesh has said that according to the laws of Bangladesh, Bangladesh will provide all kinds of cooperation to those who are eligible to get and renew their passports, including NID.
After the meeting, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal gave this information to the journalists. At that time, Mohammad Javed Patwari, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia, was present with him.
Saudi Deputy Minister of Interior Members of the delegation led by Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al Daoud arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday for a two-day visit. On the first day, they held a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “Rohingyas have been staying in Saudi Arabia for three generations.” He also added that they will look into what can be done about the Rohingyas from Bangladesh who went under special consideration on their own mechanism.
“At the same time, we have sought the cooperation of Saudi Arabia to strengthen the matter of sending the Rohingyas back to their country,” Kamal further added.
The Home Minister also said that a joint working group is being formed. The committee will have high level officials of Saudi Arabia. They will solve the problem when it comes up. This committee is being formed to resolve it immediately. It should be renewed as per the committee’s opinion. If they are sure about the Bangladeshi passport, they will renew it immediately. They will decide how the verification will be done. We will give priority to our passport holders. I will not give preference to anyone else.
Earlier on Sunday morning, the delegation led by the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister had a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban. The Prime Minister asked for oil from Saudi Arabia on the condition that she would pay the money later. Sheikh Hasina also sought Saudi Arabia’s help in solving the Rohingya crisis.