0905 GMT November 15, 2018
Allama Siddiki told Anadolu Agency: “There is a joint working group between Bangladesh and Myanmar. We’ve agreed with Myanmar that they will soon start repatriation.”
He added: “Within two years from now Myanmar will take back almost all 750,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.”
Earlier this month, Bangladesh and Myanmar finalized an agreement on the physical arrangements for the repatriation of the Rohingya and agreed to send 100,000 refugees to Myanmar in the first phase.
The process will take some time with Myanmar agreeing to accept 1,500 Rohingya per week with the goal of taking back more than 700,000 within two years.
Most Rohingya refugees, however, say they will not return to Myanmar, where their villages in the state of Rakhine have been torched.
Myanmar’ government troops have been committing killings, making arbitrary arrests, and carrying out arson attacks in Muslim villages in Rakhine state.
The UN says nearly 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the western state to Bangladesh since the bloody violence erupted last August.
The Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied citizenship, and branded illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
The UN has described a 1.1-million-strong Muslim community as the most persecuted minority in the world.