Boris Johnson has called for the safe and dignified return of Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar.
The Foreign Secretary made the calls as he visited a refugee camp ahead of talks with Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday.
He said he has seen with his own eyes the horrendous living conditions the Rohingya people are having to endure.
He added: ‘It has only further strengthened my commitment to working with international partners to improve the lives of these people in 2018.
‘I pay tribute to the hospitality and compassion shown by the government of Bangladesh, who are facing an enormous challenge in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya community.
‘While I welcome steps by both the Burmese and Bangladeshi governments towards ensuring that these people can return home, it is vital that the Rohingya refugees must be allowed to their homes in Rakhine voluntarily, in safety and with dignity, under international oversight, and when the conditions in Burma are right.’
More than 600,000 men, women and children are estimated to have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.
This follows a wave of persecution from the Myanmar military in their native state of Rakhine, which began in August.