Shaarik Zafar, the US special representative to Muslim communities, made the remarks ahead of a visit to Burma by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
US ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel says the United States will continue to promote reforms in Burma so that its people can “live in harmony and enjoy full rights”.
At least 21 are confirmed dead, with others still unaccounted for, after a boat carrying displaced Rohingyas capsized near Sittwe.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom urges Burma’s new NLD-led government to do away with discriminatory laws.
The report found that while atrocities committed against religious minorities by ISIS constituted genocide, persecution of the Rohingya in Burma did not.
Burma’s top military leader has urged his regional counterparts to cooperate to contain the “unconventional threat” posed by the Rohingya.