Turkey will cover all expenses if Bangladesh opens its borders to Rohingya Muslims

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu [Image: Al Jazeera]

In the face of the ongoing genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Turkish government has offered to pay all the expenses if Bangladesh opened its borders to the fleeing refugees.

On Friday, during an Eid celebration event in Antalya, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu renewed Turkey’s call to Bangladesh to open its borders to the persecuted Rohingya Muslims.

He stressed the need to find a final solution to this issue: “We have also mobilised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. We will hold a summit regarding the Rakhine state this year.”

Çavuşoğlu also contacted the former UN Secretary General and head of Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Kofi Annan.

No other Muslim majority country has demonstrated empathy towards the massacres happening in Myanmar, he lamented.

Turkey ranks second internationally, in terms of humanitarian aid with a total of $6 billion, Çavuşoğlu emphasised.

President Recep Erdoğan has reached out to share his concerns about the situation in Rakhine with the heads of states of 13 countries on the day of Eid al-Adha.

He discussed with all Muslim leaders in an attempt to prompt them to collaborate to solve the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

The conflict was ignited on August 25 in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after the security forces targeted the Rohingya Muslim community.

This violent aggression resulted in refugee flows towards neighbouring Bangladesh, despite the closure of borders.

According to numerous media reports, Myanmar security forces utilised excessive power using both mortars and machine guns, resulting in the displacement of thousands of Rohingya villagers on top of destroying their homes

Since communal violence broke out in 2012, the tension in the region has been boiling between its majority Buddhist and minority Muslim populations.

Crimes against humanity have committed by the Myanmar army and Buddhist militias against the Rohingya Muslims, which have included mass gang-rape, killings of civilians and young children, cannibalism and the torching of entire villages.

Approximately 900 people have been slaughtered during the crackdown, according to Rohingya representatives.

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