TEHRAN (defapress) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the heads of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) plan to hold a separate meeting in Kazakhstan about the ongoing “human tragedy” in Myanmar.
News ID: 65883
Publish Date: 09September 2017 - 22:33
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Saturday before his
departure for the Kazakh capital of Astana, Rouhani said on the sidelines of
the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology, the heads of state will examine
conditions of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
"Today, a major human tragedy and ethnic and ideological
cleansing is taking place in Myanmar and hundreds of thousands of Muslims have
been displaced in this region,” he said, adding that the Muslim world cannot
remain silent on the measures taken by the Myanmar government.
He further emphasized that international organizations
should impose pressure on the Myanmar government and army to prevent the
oppression of the Rohingya Muslims.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, President Rouhani left
Tehran for Astana to take part in the First OIC Summit on Science and
Technology due to open in the Kazakh capital on Sunday.
Rouhani is slated to deliver a speech at the OIC summit and
meet with some heads of state of the Muslim countries during his two-day visit
The Rohingya have long faced severe discrimination and were
the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000
people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.
Over the past days, intensifying clashes between security
forces and insurgents in western Myanmar have sent about 270,000 terrified
civilians scrambling toward the Bangladesh border in a desperate search for
A United Nations report in February said the military
crackdown on the Rohingya had led to gang rape, the killing of hundreds of
civilians and the forced displacement of people.