Suu Kyi says Myanmar hoping for deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya refugees

November 21, 2017 - 2:16 PM
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (file photo by Soe Zeya Tun, Reuters)

NAYPYITAW — Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday she hopes talks with Bangladesh this week will result in a memorandum of understanding on the “safe return” of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the past three months.

A military clearance operation launched in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist-majority country since late August.

Suu Kyi spoke to reporters at the end of a meeting of senior officials at an Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw, where the crisis in Rakhine was discussed on the sidelines of official talks.