Bangladesh signs deal with Myanmar to return Rohingya Muslims

| Updated Nov 23, 2017 at 10:46am



Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown.

No details have been released of the deal, which was signed by officials in the Myanmar capital, Nay Pyi Taw.

Bangladesh said it was a "first step". Myanmar said it was ready to receive Rohingyas "as soon as possible".

Aid agencies have raised concerns about the forcible return of the Rohingyas unless their safety can be guaranteed.

The Rohingya are stateless minorities who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

More than 600,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in Rakhine state late in August.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Myanmar's military action against the minority Rohingya population constituted ethnic cleansing.