TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the grave situation of Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority.

In a telephone conversation on Monday, the Iranian and Turkish top diplomat exchanged views on ways to address the Rohingya Muslim crisis.

Last week, Zarif criticized the global community for remaining silent on the persisting violence against the Rohingya Muslims, calling for “crucial” action to end the acts of aggression against the minority group. 

“Global silence on continuing violence against #Rohingya Muslims. Int’l action crucial to prevent further ethnic cleansing—UN must rally,” Zarif wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

Iran has called on the government in Myanmar to halt the continued violations of the rights of Rohingya Muslims and end the present violent situation in the country.

Turkey has also condemned the violence, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan describing the killing of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims during the latest wave of violence that erupted a week ago as “genocide.”

Myanmar has been under fire by the international community and rights groups for its atrocities against the Rohingya.

Myanmar denies full citizenship to Rohingya Muslims, branding them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The Rohingya have been subjected to summary executions, rapes, and arson attacks by security forces since October 2016, when the government used a deadly militant attack on border guards as a pretext to enforce a military siege in Rakhine state, the poorest region in Myanmar which is home to some 1.1 Rohingya Muslims.