Open your doors to Rohingya Muslims, we'll bear their expenses: Turkey tells Bangladesh

Published: September 3, 2017
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. PHOTO: AFP/File

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. PHOTO: AFP/File

Turkey’s foreign minister has urged Bangladesh to open its doors for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state and offered to bear their expenses.

Mevlut Cavusoglu was speaking at an event held on Friday in connection with Eidul Azha in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Cavusoglu said if Bangladesh opened its doors for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, Turkey was ready to cover their expenses.

“We have also mobilised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. We will hold a summit on Arakan [Rakhine state] this year. We need to find a decisive solution to this problem,” he added.

Pakistan urges Myanmar to ensure safety of persecuted Rohingya Muslims

Cavusoglu also spoke on the phone with former UN Secretary General and the head of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine, Kofi Annan, on Friday.

Violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on August 25 when the country’s security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards the neighbouring Bangladesh, though the country sealed off its border to refugees.

According to media reports, Myanmar security forces used disproportionate force, displacing thousands of Rohingya villagers and destroying their homes with mortars and machine guns.

The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.

A security crackdown launched last October in Maungdaw, where Rohingya make up the majority, led to a UN report on human rights violations by security forces that indicated crimes against humanity.

The UN documented mass gang-rape, killings – including infants and young children – brutal beatings, and disappearances. Rohingya representatives have said approximately 400 people have been slain during the crackdown.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:30PM

    Turkey / Pak – suddenly both of you have become close to my heart. Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:34PM

    The OIC must convene their meetings and ensure strategies that will force the Rangoon government to ensure safety of the Rohinga Muslims. Good on Turkey…….Recommend

  • Hmm
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:53PM

    Why does not turkey send ships and take them.Recommend

  • Jammer
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:58PM

    Pakistan & Turkey should attack Burma. Get people libration. Save innocents. Recommend

  • genesis
    Sep 3, 2017 - 9:23PM

    Good gesture but better than this is to take all these Muslims into TurkeyRecommend

  • Rahul
    Sep 4, 2017 - 6:11AM

    Hypocrite Erdogan, why doesn’t he open Turkish doors!Recommend

  • MS
    Sep 4, 2017 - 9:50AM

    It’s very easy to write a cheque with people’s money, difficult part is to share land with refugees. Those who cannot live peacefully at their birth place are very difficult to control. Pakistan and many European countries have gone through such experience.Recommend

  • Faizan
    Sep 4, 2017 - 12:17PM

    Great gesture by Turkey. Muslims should unite and help the Rohingya. Also the UN should put sanctions on Myanmar for the genocide and if it doesn’t the Muslim countries should cut off the ties with Myanmar to force it to stop the mass murders.Recommend

  • Baig
    Sep 4, 2017 - 2:18PM

    Hasina will not listen, she listens just Modi.Recommend

  • Baligur
    Sep 4, 2017 - 2:24PM

    Turkey already hosts millions of foreign refugees from Syria. To say that it is not opening its doors to Muslims in trouble is to show extreme ignorance of the facts! The countries with the largest population of foreign refugees are all Muslim ones. Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and Pakistan all hosts millions!

    The Rohingya are culturally closer to Bangladesh than to Turkey so if Bangladesh can accommodate them then it’s better. Unfortunately it does give credibility to the claim of the Burmese government that these people are foreigners. Ironically it may worsen the crackdown against them!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Sep 4, 2017 - 7:02PM

    @Rahul:
    The Turkish President is not an hypocrite, it has taken more than three millions refugees from the neighbouring Syria.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • kp
    Sep 4, 2017 - 7:25PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Have you ever been to turkey?Recommend

  • Mombasa Mutooto
    Sep 4, 2017 - 7:46PM

    @Rahul:
    Not having facts before giving an opinion, shows how shallow your education and thoughts are. Recommend

  • Ahmad Khan
    Sep 5, 2017 - 9:59AM

    We did it for Afghans and are still suffering.Recommend

  • Anurag Kashyap
    Sep 5, 2017 - 11:18AM

    Convert to Buddhism and you will be accepted by Myanmar.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Sep 5, 2017 - 11:57AM

    Saw his speech at the UN. Brave man indeed. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Sep 6, 2017 - 12:15AM

    @Rex Minor:

    Turkish President is only taking in Syrian Sunni Refugees while leading a pogrom against the local Shia Kurds. Advice is cheap, actions speak louder than words.Recommend

  • omar j shah
    Sep 6, 2017 - 3:54PM

    Turks can wipe them off within a few hours.Recommend

  • humanity
    Sep 7, 2017 - 2:32AM

    oic will only do tonnes of meetings..they dont do anything..bunch of hypocrite leaders..Recommend

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