The solidarity between Rohingya Muslims and the Turks dates back to the First World War, when the former provided material and emotional support to the Ottoman Government, a document released by Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık showed.
According to records obtained from the Ottoman archives, Rohingya people sent 1,391 pounds to the Ottomans in 1913 for the relief of the Turkish people wounded in the Balkan Wars, which took place between 1912 and 1913.
The letter, written to Grand Vizier Prince Hilmi Paşa, congratulated the empire for its victory. The head of Ottoman Relief Fund in Rangoon Ahmed Mawla Dawood said in the letter:
“I take this opportunity of congratulating your Highness and the members of your Cabinet and all my Turkish Co-religionists for the marvelous and magnificent fete of reoccupying Adrianople and some of the lost territory and thus restoring the Prestige of the Ottoman Empire.”
Solidarity between Rohingya Muslims and Turks dates back to WWI, deputy PM says
He also noted that the Rohingya people celebrated the victory of their fellow Muslim brethren and prayed at the mosques.
The Turkish deputy prime minister noted in a series of tweets that the letter shows deep solidarity between the Rohingya and Turkish people. Işık said:
“Our grateful nation has always stood by the oppressed and the innocent, and has provided hope to those in need.”
He noted that Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will continue to provide assistance to everyone in need.
Ankara urged international action against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Turkey sent humanitarian aid to the Rohingya following the call.