Saudi Arabia raises Rohingya plight in UN, seeks proofs of efforts


New York — Saudi Arabia has voiced the concerns of Rohingya Muslims in United Nations and sought justified explanation from the UN envoy on steps taken to deal with the Rohingya refugee crisis and a proper time-frame for achieving these steps.

Dr. Khalid Mohammed Manzlawi, deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to UN, expressed that Saudi Arabia welcomes any effort to find a solution for the Rohingya refugees which helps them return to their homes with safety and peace, Saudi Press Agency reported.

UN Secretary General on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener briefed about the world’s worst humanitarian crises and the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim community.

However, Manzlawi sought proper timeframe and proofs of efforts made to deal with the Rohingya refugee crisis.

“Since the appointment of an envoy to Myanmar almost two years ago, my country’s mission has noted that the envoy’s briefing did not include information on what was achieved with respect to the issue and in line with the General Assembly’s resolution that calls for safe return of refugees to their homes and homeland in a secure and guaranteed dignity,” Manzlawi said.

“The received reports confirm that there is no tangible progress up to date and we want the special envoy to give clarifications on this,” he added.

Saudi Arabia has helped the Burmese Muslims since the 1950s and still have a lot of them. Most of them lived all their lives in Saudi and some of them got the Saudi nationality.

Late Imam of Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah Qari Mohammed Ayyub Sulaiman was the son of a Burmese refugee in Saudi Arabia.

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