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Bangladesh PM Hasina, Turkish President Erdogan meet in NY

  • Published at 10:13 am September 20th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:18 am September 21st, 2017
Bangladesh PM Hasina, Turkish President Erdogan meet in NY
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has held a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Sources said they discussed Rohingya issue. However, neither Bangladesh nor Turkey made any official announcement or issued any statement after the meeting. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu were present there. Erdogan has been specially vocal against the latest spell of violence targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, calling it “genocide”. He had said that Turkey would raise the issue at the UNGA. Erdogan also discussed the Rohingya issue with around 20 world leaders. His wife Emine Erdogan flew to Bangladesh to meet the Rohingya and see the situation for herself on September 7. Turkey sent 55 tons of relief two days later. The Rohingya live in apartheid-like condition in Myanmar where they are denied citizenship and seen as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. More than 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after Myanmar army launched a brutal campaign targeting Rohingya villages following insurgents attack on police posts and an army base. The army crackdown has drawn global condemnation and has been dubbed “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by UN's human rights chief. But the Myanmar government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi's party, seems unfazed. In a speech delivered to Myanmar parliament, the de facto leader said her country did not fear "international scrutiny" over Rohingya crisis. Bangladesh has been urging other nations to mount pressure on Myanmar to stop the violence and make it take back its citizens. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US President Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya refugees, but added that she expected no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees. “Bangladesh is not a rich country … but if we can feed 160 million people, another 500 or 700,000 people, we can do it,” she had said. Zulfiqer Russell, editor of Bangla Tribune, is reporting from the UNGA Summit. The article was first published on Bangla Tribune