Since the latest violence began last August, more than 600,000 Rohingyas fleed their homes and crossed the border into Bangladesh. (Source:

Hanoi (VNA) - Government officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on October 24 to halt the outflow of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and enable the refugees to return home.

The two sides met in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw, to discuss a crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee to Bangladesh over the past two months to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Myanmar affirms its commitment to “immediately halt the outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh, to restore normalcy in Rakhine to enable displaced Myanmar residents to return from Bangladesh at the earliest" possible time, the sides said in a joint statement.

The joint statement said that Myanmar declared Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), who attacked Myanmar’s police outposts in August, "a terrorist organisation" and asked Bangladesh to hand over any suspects who may have fled there.

Bangladesh said it would continue to cooperate with Myanmar against insurgents, militants and terrorists.

Previously, the two sides agreed to set up a working group on the repatriation process.
Around 600,000 Rohingya from northern Rakhine have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 when Myanmar security forces began security campaign.-VNA