Foreign diplomats view Rohingya refugees

Foreign ambassadors have inspected camps in Bangladesh that house ethnic Muslim Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation.

Diplomats of about 40 countries and organizations, including Japan, the United States, and Britain, visited the camps on Wednesday. Members of the group interviewed Rohingya refugees.

Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma later told reporters that people around the world must consider the rights of the Rohingya people.

He said Myanmar's government should afford citizenship to Rohingya people to settle the ethnic issue.

An estimated 370,000 Rohingya people, mostly Muslims, have taken refuge in predominantly Islamic Bangladesh. They fled ethnic conflict and suspected persecution by security forces in Myanmar.