Int’l community must take responsibility for Rohingya crisis, says Saudi king

Int’l community must take responsibility for Rohingya crisis, says Saudi king

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attend a welcoming ceremony ahead of their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on 5 October 2017, Photo: AFP

The exodus began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya insurgents’ attacks on August 25 by launching a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said at the start of talks in Moscow with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the international community must take responsibility for what is happening to the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar.

More than half a million Rohingya have arrived from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine since the end of August in what the United Nations has called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency.

The exodus began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya insurgents’ attacks on August 25 by launching a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.

In opening remarks broadcast on Russian television, the king also said a political solution to the conflict in Syria must be found that keeps that country in one piece.

He said the territorial integrity of Iraq must be preserved.

Putin hosted Salman for talks at the Kremlin, cementing a relationship that is crucial for determining world oil prices and could be pivotal for resolving conflicts in the Middle East.

King Salman, the first sitting Saudi monarch to visit Russia, led a delegation to Moscow that agreed joint investment deals worth several billion dollars, providing much-needed investment for a Russian economy battered by low oil prices and Western sanctions.

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