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Turkey to raise Rohingya issue at UNSC

  • Published at 09:10 pm May 9th, 2020
File photo: Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017 Reuters

Dr Momen requested that the Turkish foreign minister arrange a virtual session at the director general level before the next D-8 Summit

Turkey has assured Bangladesh that it will raise the Rohingya issue at the next meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC), as the Rohingya refugee crisis remains unresolved and is putting a significant burden on the host country. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave the assurance during a telephone conversation with Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday, reports UNB. 

The Turkish Foreign Minister also assured Bangladesh of extending all required support to repatriate the Rohingyas who are currently living in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh to their place of origin in Rakhine State. 

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of whom entered Bangladesh after the Myanmar army launched a brutal crackdown following insurgent attacks on military check-posts in Myanmar on August 25, 2017. 

Dr Momen requested that the Turkish foreign minister arrange a virtual session at the director general level before the next D-8 Summit, considering the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

He also suggested the formation of a D-8 working group, in order to strengthen economic cooperation in the post-coronavirus period.  

The Turkish foreign minister agreed with the ideas shared by the Foreign Minister Momen.  

Turkey is currently the chair of the D-8, or Developing-8. 

The Turkish foreign minister expressed an interest in providing 100,000 surgical and N95 masks for Bangladesh. 

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