President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Sunday, where he is scheduled to meet Rohingya refugees.
Jokowi and his entourage landed at Cox's Bazar Airport at around 12:40 p.m. after flying from Dhaka where he held a bilateral meeting with Bangladeshi counterpart Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier on Sunday, Presidential Palace media bureau head Bey Machmudin said in a press release.
Jokowi received the latest update of the refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar from the city’s deputy commissioner, Ali Hossain, in a short meeting at the airport before he traveled to Jamtoli refugee camp, which is located about 70 kilometers from the airport.
Jokowi is expected to announce additional humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Rakhine State in neighboring Myanmar and are now taking shelter in the city on the southeast coast of Bangladesh.
As of Jan. 14, about 655,500 new arrivals have been reported in Cox’s Bazar, according to the Inter-Sector Coordination Group that is led by the International Organization for Migration. (dis/ipa)