Boris Johnson meets Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw (Photo: Myanmar News Agency Handout/EPA)

Hanoi (VNA) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has urged Myanmar to tackle the Rohingya crisis, which is at risk of turning into a humanitarian disaster over poor sanitation at Bangladesh refugee camp.

As part of his four-day visit to Myanmar, Johnson met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on February 11 to discuss the Southeast Asian nation's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority and how almost 700,000 of them can be repatriated safely after fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence.

Johnson arrived in Myanmar from Bangladesh, where he visited Rohingya refugees.

Violence broke out in Rakhine state after gunmen attacked 24 police posts and broke into a military outpost in Rakhine on August 25, 2017, with the country’s army responding with brutal clearing operations that have led to accusations of crimes against humanity.

The Bangladeshi government announced on November 23 last year that its country and neighbouring Myanmar have agreed on returning Rohingya refugees.-VNA