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Turkey distributes 1,000 tons of aid to Rohingya Muslims

Turkey's first lady will visit Bangladesh on Wednesday to meet Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

“Mrs Emine Erdogan will travel to Bangladesh today where she will meet our Muslim brothers who fled oppression in Arakan” or Rakhine state, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu said in a live interview with Turkish broadcaster ATV on Wednesday.

“Many of our Muslim brothers have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing persecution in the region.”

Cavusoglu noted that President Erdogan, who is also the term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has been discussing the issue with several Muslim leaders to find a solution.

Myanmar’s government on Tuesday allowed the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) to distribute 1,000 tons of aid to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

The permission from Myanmar came hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s telephone call with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on the recent violations of human rights in Rakhine.

As uncertainty and security concerns continue in the region, the aid will be distributed to conflict areas via military helicopters in coordination with the Rakhine state government, Cavusoglu said.

“We will supply vital needs to 100,000 families.”

“Emergency needs will be provided for now. In addition to this, discussions [with the authorities] are underway. We will continue our cooperation to supply medicine and similar vital needs," he added.

He added that this would not be a one-time event as Turkey wants to continue to supply the necessary humanitarian aid to the region.

Also, a Turkish delegation including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and a ‘Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’ (TIKA) head Serdar Cam is to visit Bangladesh on Wednesday and are scheduled to meet Rohingya in the Cox’s Bazar district of southeastern Bangladesh.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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