Media: Erdogan discussed with leaders of the Muslim countries, the crisis in Myanmar

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Archival photoMedia: Erdogan discussed with leaders of the Muslim countries, the crisis in Myanmar© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held telephone talks with the leaders of Iran, Qatar, Mauritania, and Pakistan in connection with the crisis around the Muslim minority Rohingya in Myanmar, said on Thursday DHA Agency, citing a source in the administration of the President.

The militant Rohingya on August 25 simultaneously attacked several police posts and army barracks in Rakhine state of Myanmar. Clashes between security forces and militants is still going on. In the days of the most intense fighting, from August 25 to 27, in clashes killed nearly a hundred people, including more than ten policemen and soldiers.

According to the source Agency, Erdogan congratulated President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and President of Pakistan mamnoon Hussain of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha and urged them to intensify efforts «to find a solution to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar».

He also noted the deep sadness of the entire Islamic world «because of the violence against Muslims in this country.»

Erdogan added that the problems faced by Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Libya «cast a shadow on the joy of the holiday.»

It is reported that negotiations will continue.

Rohingya (Rohingya) is an ethnic Bengali Muslims who were resettled in Arakan in the XIX — early XX century, British colonial authorities. With a total population of about half a million people currently, they make up the majority of the population of Rakhine state, but very few of them have the citizenship of Myanmar.

The official authorities and the Buddhist population consider the Rohingya illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The conflict between them and the indigenous «Arkanchi» Buddhists — old roots, however the escalation of this conflict to the armed conflict and humanitarian crisis began only after the transfer of power in Myanmar from military to civilian governments in 2011-2012.