14:02 - March 09, 2019
News ID: 3468091
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that with the establishment of peace and security in Myanmar, Rohingya Muslim refugees can return to the country quickly.


“We hope that conditions will be prepared so that Rohingya Muslims who have been forced to leave (Myanmar) can return to their homes quickly and safely,” the president said in a meeting with Myanmar’s new ambassador to Iran on Saturday.

Rouhani added that Iran is ready to cooperate with Myanmar in this regard.

“Stability and security in a country are achieved through the cooperation of all ethnicities and groups in that country,” he said.

Rouhani also underlined the capacities for development of ties between Iran and Myanmar and called for tapping into the potentials for closer relations.

Myanmar’s new envoy, Mukyu Ung, in this meeting submitted his credentials to the Iranian president.

He also said that the government of Myanmar has made all-out efforts for the return of refugees and has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh and the UN in this regard.

Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).

More than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others were beaten, said the OIDA report, titled "Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience."

Some 18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police and over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it added.


Tags: IQNA ، Iran ، Rouhani ، Rohingya ، Muslims ، Myanmar
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