Istanbul will raise Rohingya issue in UNGA: Turkish 1st lady

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07 Sep 2017 10:00 AM । Update: 07 Sep 2017 10:49 AM

Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan today said Istanbul would raise the Rohingya issue in next UN General Assembly (UNGA) session as she visited Cox's Bazar, where Myanmar refugees in thousands continued to surge to evade persecution at home.

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take up the issue at the UN General Assembly for an immediate resolution of the Rohingya crisis," she told newsmen while visiting the refugee camps along with Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali and state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, reports BSS.

Emine Erdogan visited the Kutupalang Rohingya camp and adjacent makeshift refugee shelters at Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar this afternoon, hours after her arrived in Dhaka.

"We (Turkey) already talked Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya issue. She said Myanmar will do better in this regard . . . Suu Kyi assured us to ensure securities of all citizens of Rakhain state," she said.

The Turkish first lady said Myanmar government could resolve the crisis in a short time if it wished so. 

Emine Erdogan lauded Bangladesh for sheltering the Rohingyas.

Talking to newsmen the Turkish Foreign Minister, meanwhile, urged the international community to create pressure on Myanmar for resolution of Rohingya issue and simultaneously stand by Rohingyas.

The Turkish first lady reached Dhaka hours after Istanbul sent its foreign minister while the Rohingya issue earlier brought in Dhaka the Indonesian foreign minister with a proposal to extend Jakarta's hands in sharing with Bangladesh the burden of Myanmar refugees. 

"Their visit follows the latest bloodshed in Myanmar's Rakhine State that resulted in the fresh influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh," the foreign ministry said in a statement earlier today.

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