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Bhutan opened a consulate general’s office in Assam

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Bhutan opened a consulate general’s office in Assam’s capital on Friday, a day before the first Global Investors’ Summit here is to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. It is the second country in the Indian subcontinent, after Bangladesh, to do so. Bangladesh had set up its consulate general here last year. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Bhutan-India relationship, Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal opened the consulate in the presence of Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay. Dorji announced a Bhutan-Guwahati-Singapore flight service would be launched.

Afghans protest ongoing violence in Myanmar

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On Thursday, thousands of Afghans took to the streets in different cities of Afghanistan to denounce ongoing violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine nearly two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees to neighboring Bangladesh, which already hosted around 400,000 Rohingya. According to the UN refugee agency, 164,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh by Thursday. In the capital Kabul, the demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan office. They chanted slogans against the Myanmar authorities, urging the human rights organizations and the UN to play their due role in stopping the “genocide”. Attaullah Faizani, an organizer of the demonstration, told Anadolu Agency on the occasion that the purpose of protest is to express solidarity with the Muslims in need.

Nearly 90,000 Rohingya escape Myanmar violence as humanitarian crisis looms

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that more than 73,000 Rohingya Muslims have reached Bangladesh in an attempt to escape Myanmar army’s and the Buddhist nationalists’ attacks in Rakhine State. European Rohingya Council (ERC) President Hla Kyaw said that the government will later “attempt a massacre”. He also said that the advancement of Rohingya genocide is the primary goal of the army. He added, “the second goal is to leave them for dead by preventing aid”. Rohingya Muslims were grateful to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his reaction against the Myanmar government. On Friday he stated that the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims was equivalent to a genocide. The massacre against Rohingya Muslims is being protested around the world.

Turkey tells Bangladesh: Open your doors to Rohingya

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu tells Bangladesh government to recognize the humanitarian crisis undergoing in Myanmar where the Muslim minority Rohingya is under attack. In order to help this community the Turkish government has already donated 70 million dollars in humanitarian aids and it has declared that it’s going to cover to expenses to Bangladesh if they are going to open their doors and welcome the refugees. Violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Aug. 25 when the country’s security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh, though the country sealed off its border to refugees.The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.

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