The US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he had spoken with Aung San Suu Kyi and that she said she was working to get aid to the Muslim areas in Arakan State that were affected by violence.
Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly because of the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.
Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday her government was doing its best to protect everyone in the strife-torn state of Arakan, as the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh leapt by 18,000 in one day, to 164,000.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday blamed “terrorists” for “a huge iceberg of misinformation” on the violence in Arakan State but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled over the border to Bangladesh since 25 August.
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, called on her fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to condemn the “shameful” treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, saying “the world is waiting” for her to speak out.
Two deals to import 2,000 buses from China have caused a rift within the National League for Democracy, with Rangoon Division lawmakers questioning its cost and accusing Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein of cronyism and a lack of accountability.
A United Nations probe into alleged human rights abuses by Burma’s military against the minority Rohingya people last year would inflame ethnic tensions, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Monday.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi opened a second round of peace talks under her government here in the capital on Wednesday, predicting that the coming days would bring “intense discussions, exchanges of views, debates and difficult decisions.”
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday and invited him to attend the 21st Century Panglong Conference next week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
Aung San Suu Kyi has declined an invitation to meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington this week alongside top diplomats from Southeast Asia, citing other commitments, Burmese officials said on Tuesday.