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Burma are ready to take back Rohingya Muslims - says official

A Rohingya refugee child cries as he sits on the ground in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A Rohingya refugee child cries as he sits on the ground in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Rohingya refugees carry the remains of a man who, according to family members, succumbed to injuries inflicted by the Myanmar Army before their arrival in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Rohingya refugees carry a man who, according to them, was beaten by the Myanmar Army before there arrival in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A Rohingya refugee stands beside the remains of his father, whose family says he succumbed to injuries inflicted by the Myanmar Army before their arrival, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Rohingya refugees react as they see the remains of a family member, whose family says he succumbed to injuries inflicted by the Myanmar Army before their arrival, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Rohingya refugees react before the funeral of a family member, whose family says he succumbed to injuries inflicted by the Myanmar Army before their arrival, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Rohingya refugees react before the funeral of a family member, whose family says he succumbed to injuries inflicted by the Myanmar Army before their arrival, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Bodies of Rohingya refugees are transported after their boat with passengers fleeing from Myanmar capsized off the Inani beach near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Bodies of children and other Rohingya refugees are covered after their boat with passengers fleeing from Myanmar capsized off the Inani beach near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Bodies of children and other Rohingya refugees are transported after their boat with passengers fleeing from Myanmar capsized off the Inani beach near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Bodies of Rohingya refugee children are transported after their boat with passengers fleeing from Myanmar capsized off the Inani beach near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Bangladesh army men stand guard as Rohingya Muslim men, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait to receive aid during a distribution near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, walks through muddy field after collecting aid from a distribution centre near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
A Rohingya Muslim boy, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, holds his brother outside his shelter as it rains in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Bodies of children and other Rohingya refugees are covered after their boat with passengers fleeing from Myanmar capsized off the Inani beach near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A visiting minister has told Bangladesh's president that Burma is ready to take back Rohingya Muslims who fled violence there, an official has said.

Presidential spokesman Joynal Abedin said on Friday that Burma's Home Minister, Kyaw Swe, told President Abdul Hamid in Dhaka that Burma was ready to take back Rohingya under a deal signed by the countries late last year.

Mr Abedin also quoted the minister as saying that Burma will implement the recommendations by a commission led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.

Kyaw Swe is scheduled to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart on Friday to discuss the issue further.

Some 700,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since late August when Burma's military launched a security crackdown that has been widely criticised as amounting to ethnic cleansing.

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