The Malaysian Government welcomes the decision of the Bangladeshi Government on 3 February 2017 to grant the Food Flotilla mission to access the Port of Teknaf and provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi Government had also agreed to issue Visa On Arrival to the volunteers and crew of the vessel.
However, on 6 February 2017, the Bangladeshi side has since informed Malaysia that Port of Teknaf is incapable to accommodate a big vessel like Nautical Aliya.
On the basis of the Bangladeshi Government’s agreement, KP1M had earlier undertaken necessary logistical preparations for the vessel to dock at Teknaf and had been reassured by the Bangladeshi local authorities that the delivery of humanitarian aid could be made at Teknaf.
In this regard, we call upon the Bangladeshi Government to adhere to its decision of 3 February 2017 to provide access at Teknaf Port and VOA facilitations for all the volunteers and crew of the vessel.
The Malaysian Government looks forward to receiving the fullest cooperation and facilitation from the Bangladeshi authority on the food flotilla mission.
7 February 2017