(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ANKARA, Sept 5 (KUNA) -- Myanmar's government has given permission to a Turkish aid agency to distribute 1,000 tons of aid to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state just hours after telephone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.
"Myanmar government allows representatives of TIKA [Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency] to enter conflict region and distribute 1,000 tons of aid in the first phase," Turkish Presidency Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a press statement Tuesday.
The moves makes TIKA the first foreign aid agency to get permission from the government to enter the region since the latest violence began on August 25, Kalin noted.
The emergency aid packages contain rice, dry fish, and clothes, according to Erdogan's aide.
He added that the Turkish aid agency would continue supplying aid, including food, clothes, and medicine, in the area in cooperation with the local government. (end) Kalin said that Turkey plans to initially distribute aid to 100,000 families in coordination with the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
According to the UN on Tuesday, 123,600 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh as tens of thousands more were internally displaced by the latest violence. (end) rs.ibi
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