The Egyptian Foreign Ministry calls for the urgent meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) amid the escalation of crisis in Myanmar, involving Rohingya Muslims, the ministry's spokesman said Wednesday.
"In line with the instruction of [Egyptian] Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to the Egyptian delegation to the UNSC, Egypt has called to hold the urgent session today on September 13 to discuss the crisis around the Muslim people of Rohingya in Myanmar in light of the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and security since August 25," Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.
The diplomat added that the initiative to hold the urgent session was also proposed by Sweden and the United Kingdom, while such non-permanent members of the UNSC as Kazakhstan and Senegal supported the move.
According to the official, it is necessary to find a solution to the crisis that would ensure safety of the Rohingyas and would allow them to return to their homes.
On August 25, Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in the eastern Myanmar's state of Rakhine. The attacks prompted a response by Myanmar’s authorities, resulting in clashes and deaths of hundreds of Rohingya and forcing thousands of others to flee. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 313,000 refugees have already entered Bangladesh from Myanmar.