This visit to Cox’s Bazar came as part of the US ambassador’s first trip in Bangladesh, and “signifies the importance of the Rohingya refugee issue to the United States”, the embassy said in a statement on Thursday. Miller described Bangladesh as a strategic US partner in the region and characterised the strong US-Bangladesh relationship as one driven by common interests. In all of his meetings, Ambassador Miller expressed the US’s gratitude and admiration for the “extraordinary generosity” of the Bangladesh people in sheltering the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017. The ambassador welcomed Bangladesh’s continued commitment to returns that are fully voluntary, safe, dignified, and based on informed consent. The US has provided nearly $346 million to assist Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh affected by the displacement since the current crisis started in August 2017.