Erdogan speaks to Myanmar leader about Rohingya crisis

Turkish president pledges support in resolving violence in western Rakhine state 

Erdogan speaks to Myanmar leader about Rohingya crisis

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday spoke to Myanmar’s de facto leader about human rights violations committed against Rohingya Muslims, an official in the president’s office said.

The telephone conversation with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi came as Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu prepared to leave for Bangladesh, where thousands of Rohingya have sought shelter in the face of a crackdown by Myanmar troops and Buddhist extremists.

Erdogan told Suu Kyi that escalated attacks on Rohingya had caused deep anxiety, particularly among Muslim countries, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

They also discussed options for delivering humanitarian aid and resolving the crisis.

According to the official, Erdogan condemned both terrorism and the use of disproportionate force. The president pledged Turkish support to end the violence.

Fresh security operations in the northern part of Rakhine state have triggered waves of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, which has now sealed its eastern border.

Refugees have described soldiers and Buddhist mobs torching their villages and killing civilians in a bid to force them out.

According to the UN on Tuesday, 123,600 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since the crackdown began on Aug. 25.

Cavusoglu will travel to Bangladesh on Wednesday to speak to Rohingya refugees, a Foreign Ministry official said under condition of anonymity.

He will visit a camp in Cox’s Bazar, a port near the border, and meet Bangladeshi officials.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Eylül 2017, 14:50