Turkey President Erdogan hails BD steps over Rohingya crisis

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Dhaka, September 1: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appreciated Bangladesh’s steps for providing assistance to Rohingya people and resolving the ongoing Rohingya crisis as he phoned his Bangladesh counterpart President Abdul Hamid.

“While talking with President Abdul Hamid over phone on Thursday night, Erdogan also reiterated his country’s support to Bangladesh in this regard,” a foreign ministry statement said here on Friday.

A Bangabhaban spokesman said the Turkish president made the phone call to President Hamid at about 8.40 pm and discussed matters related to bilateral interests.

During the telephonic conversation, the Turkish president expressed sympathy of the people of his country for the damage caused by the recent flood across Bangladesh, said the statement.

Erdogan expressed concern over the prevailing situation in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and “ongoing repression and enforcement of excessive power” on Rohingya community.

He apprised President Hamid of the steps taken by Turkey in the international arena in this regard.

The Turkish president also assured of continuing its role to present the Rohingya issue before different international forums.

On behalf of the Bangladesh people, President Hamid greeted the Turkish president and people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and thanked Erdogan for making the telephone call and extending his support for Bangladesh.

The President apprised Erdogan of the measures taken by Bangladesh for over 30 years for the Rohingya community who are the victims of torture and persecution.

President Hamid said despite having limited resources and other constraints Bangladesh has extended allout cooperation to the Rohingya refugees as per the international laws and rules.

“Though the massive environmental damage caused due to influx of Rohingyas into concerned areas, Bangladesh has been continuing providing food, shelter, medicines, education and other facilities to them,” he added.

The Bangladesh president underscored the need for ensuring protection of general people of Myanmar from the violence and immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Anan Commission, reports BSS.

He sought the continued Turkish support in different international forums including OIC and UN and welcomed the desire of the future Turkish cooperation.

President Hamid invited Erdogan to visit Bangladesh at his convenient time.