Briefing on Turkey leading the response to the Myanmar crisis

14 September 2017

With its aid to Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, Turkey is stepping up efforts to become an independent world power

  • Turkey has led the international response to the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, gaining access to areas where other aid agencies have been blocked
  • This is the latest in a series of initiatives that has seen Turkey become one of the biggest spenders on foreign aid over the last 15 years
  • After a series of foreign policy failures, such a strategy has proved useful both at home and abroad as the government seeks to position itself as the leader of the Muslim world

After negations between their two governments, the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) began delivering aid to displaced members of the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on September 6. The agreement is said to have been reached following direct talks between President Erdogan and First Minister Aung San Suu Kyi…

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