BSS-09 Turkish Prime Minister arrives in city tonight

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Turkish Prime Minister arrives in city tonight

DHAKA, Dec 18, 2017 (BSS) – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrives
in city tonight on a two-day official visit to see the plight of Rohingyas
who fled from a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August
25.

A Turkish aircraft carrying the premier and members of his entourage is
scheduled to be landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:45
pm, a foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed BSS this afternoon.

On his arrival at the airport Binali Yildirim, who is visiting the country
at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be received by
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya
visited Turkey last month to hand over the invitation letter to the Turkish
PM.

During the visit, Binali Yildirim is expected to pay homage to the martyrs
of the Liberation War of Bangladesh by placing a wreath at the National
Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar.

He is likely to visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi to pay his
tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the capital where they are
expected to discuss the Rohingya issue in detail as well as issues on
bilateral trade and investment, sources said.

During the visit, the relations between Bangladesh and Turkey, which is
based on friendship and brotherhood, is expected to be discussed
comprehensively, a Turksih foreign ministry statement said yesterday.

The Turkish Premier will visit Rohingya Refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar where
thousands of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals have been taking shelter
following violence in Rakhine state since August 25.

The aim of his visit in Rohingya Refugee camps is to have a firsthand
experience on the gravity and seriousness of the situation at Rohingya camps.

He is also expected to meet senior government officials to discuss the
efforts being undertaken to improve conditions for significant influx of
refugees into Bangladesh to effectively meet life-saving needs.

Meanwhile, Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan, and Foreign Minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu visited Rohingya camps in Bangladesh in September and witnessed
themselves the plight of the Rohingya people.

Besides, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also talked to his
Bangladesh counterpart Md Abdul Hamid to know the current state of the
humanitarian crisis.

Binali Yildirim is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Turkey on Wednesday.

Some 650,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh since
August 25, according to UN figures.

BSS/AIM/RY/1530 hrs