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7. Japan pledges aid for Rohingya refugees

Japan's Foreign Minister has told his Bangladeshi counterpart that the country will provide over 18 million dollars in aid to help more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled the violence in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who is on a 3-day visit to Bangladesh, met Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Sunday.

Kono told Ali that he recognizes the difficulty of the situation, adding that Japan will do what it can to support Bangladesh and Myanmar in finding ways to resolve the humanitarian crisis.

More than 600,000 Rohingya minority Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since fighting broke out in late August between government troops and Rohingya militants in the western state of Rakhine.

The aid package of about 18.6 million dollars will be used to buy food and other essential items for refugees and to transport goods.

Ali thanked Kono for Japan's support and said his government has started negotiating with Myanmar over the return of the refugees.

Kono later took a helicopter to inspect refugee camps near the border with Myanmar.
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