Turkish FM travels to Myanmar to aid Rohingya Muslims

August 08, 2012, Wednesday/ 16:55:00

Turkey's foreign minister has left for Myanmar to discuss ties and possible aid distribution to members of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Ahmet Davutoğlu told reporters on Wednesday he would hold talks with senior officials before a rare visit to camps sheltering Rohingya and Buddhists.

Many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar consider the Rohingya to be illegal settlers from Bangladesh. Violence in June between Rohingya and Rakhine Buddhists in western Myanmar left at least 78 dead and tens of thousands homeless.

The UN considers the Rohingya to be among the most persecuted people in the world.