November 30, 2017 / 12:41 PM / a year ago

Pope urges "decisive measures" for Myanmar refugees but avoids "Rohingya"

DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday called for “decisive measures” to resolve the political crisis causing mostly Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh.

Pope Francis gives a speech during a meeting at the presidential palace in Dhaka, Bangladesh November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

But, just as in the first leg of his trip in Myanmar, he did not use the word Rohingya, which is contested by the Yangon government and military.

In a speech before Bangladesh’s president hours after arriving, Francis instead spoke of “refugees from Rakhine State”.

He also called on countries to give “immediate material assistance” to help Bangladesh deal with the crisis.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Nick Macfie

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