BREAKING NEWS: Pope lands in Bangladesh, to meet Rohingya group on Friday

Source: Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) – Pope Francis landed in Bangladesh on Thursday after a diplomatically sensitive trip to neighbouring Myanmar, where he made no direct reference to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousands.

Source: Reuters

Bangladesh is hoping the Thursday-Saturday visit, during which the pope will meet a group of Rohingya in Dhaka, will help pressure the international community to find a lasting solution to the problem of the periodic influx of Rohingya from Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

This week he met Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who is accused of overseeing brutal campaign to drive out the group that the UN and US have labelled “ethnic cleansing”.

With his message of hope and tolerance, supporters hope the pope’s presence can tamp down the religious and ethnic hatreds that have roiled the region.