Turkey pledges continued support to Rohingya refugees as Yıldırım visits Bangladesh
“As Turkey, from the beginning we have tried to be active on the issue of easing the burden of refugees struggling to hold onto life in difficult conditions,” Yıldırım said.
“From now on we will continue to make necessary contributions and give support as per the guidance of the prime minister and government of Bangladesh,” he said at a news conference with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in the capital Dhaka.
“[The international community] needs to act more actively on the issues of humanitarian aid and finding a political solution,” Yıldırım added.
The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.
Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has raised the issue at the U.N.
Yıldırım will visit Mainnerghona camp, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the southeastern city of Cox’s Bazar, on Dec. 20 to observe the humanitarian activities carried out by Turkish non-governmental organizations.
“At the same time, I congratulate them for the success of international diplomacy that they have maintained to find a long-term solution to the crisis,” he added.
In their “productive” meeting, Yıldırım said he discussed with Hasina how Turkey can further contribute to Dhaka’s growth and development targets, exchanging views not only on economic and trade relations but also in the areas of culture and education.
Hasina also said they had a “very fruitful” discussion on bilateral and international issues.
“We reiterated our commitment to work closely and support each other in bilateral and international issues of major concern,” she added.