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Turkish first lady arrives in Dhaka to meet Rohingya muslims

Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrive in Dhaka to meet Rohingyas, who have fled to Bangladesh in the face of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Dhaka Tribune reported.

The visit follows the latest bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State that resulted in the fresh influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.

“First Lady Emine Erdogan will travel to Bangladesh today where she will meet our Muslim brothers who fled oppression in Rakhine State,” Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu told Turkish private broadcaster ATV yesterday.

On August 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid and talked about the current state of the Rohingya crisis. The Turkish president supported measures over the Rohingya issue taken by Bangladesh.

Nearly 250,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh in recent weeks, fleeing a security sweep by Myanmar forces.