Dhaka – Turkey has reaffirmed supports for Rohingya Muslims as tens of thousands of them fled violence in neighbouring Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The reaffirmation came from the Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan, who visited the squalid camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar.
“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will take up the issue at the UN General Assembly in a bid to bring an immediate resolution to the Rohingya crisis,” she said while replying to reporters’ query.
More than 164,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh after violence erupted in the Rakhine State on August 25, according to UN refugee agency office in Dhaka.
More people are pouring into Bangladesh as thousands others still trapped between the two countries. Officials at the refugee agency fear that the number of Rohingya people to be entering Bangladesh would be more or less 300,000.
The Turkish first lady was accompanied by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in the southern district.
They talked to the volunteers and inquire into the conditions of those fled the violence, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar said.
Cavusoglu earlier said the first lady would have “close contact” with Rohingyas who had escaped from Myanmar.