Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said, “The Saudi government told us it’ll be helpful for them if we provide them with passports as it doesn’t keep stateless people,” reports UNB.  Yesterday he said this after attending a programme in the city.  The minister said that they formed a three-member committee, headed by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, to look into the Saudi request.  He said, “It doesn’t mean the Saudi government will send them back to Bangladesh. There are many people to instigate because Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia maintains very good relations with 22 lakh workers in the KSA.”  Bangladesh made it clear that it will give them passports only when there is proof that they used to live in Bangladesh and have relevant previous documents.  On Thursday, Dr Momen said the Saudi government urged Bangladesh to take back 462 Rohingyas who are currently in Saudi jails for committing criminal activities.
Bangladesh Mission checked it and found only 70 to 80 people have Bangladeshi passports.
Dr Momen said Bangladesh will bring back those 70 to 80 people having Bangladeshi passports by issuing travel documents. “We don’t know about others.”
Bangladesh is already overburdened with over 1.1 million Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar district.