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Turkey warns Myanmar over oppression against Rohingya

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the ongoing military attacks and atrocities on Rohingya people in its Rakhine sate, Turkish vernacular daily Hurriyet Daily News reports.


Expressing deep concerns and outrage on the ongoing incidents, president Erdogan told Suu Kyi that these incidents can turn into a serious humanitarian crisis. He urged the Myanmar government to show utmost sensitivity and caution not to harm civilians.


Turkish president conveyed the message to the Myanmar leader Suu Kyi directly over the phone.


Sources at the Turkish presidency informed the media on Tuesday about the telephonic conversation between Erdogan and Suu Kyi.


Erdogan told Suu Kyi that the recent rise in human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims created deep concerns in the world, particularly among Muslim countries, and that Turkey condemned both terror attacks and military operations targeting civilians.


Saying that the ongoing incidents can turn into a serious humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, Erdogan stressed that the utmost attention and sensitivity should be shown to protect civilians.


Presidential sources said Turkey was supporting all efforts to resolve the ongoing problem in Myanmar and discussed with Suu Kyi on how humanitarian assistance could be delivered to the Rohingya.


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit Bangladesh on Thursday amid the ongoing tragedy of tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims forced to flee the violence in Myanmar.


Cavusoglu will visit camps where fleeing Rohingya are being sheltered in Bangladeshi territories.

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