The Jakarta Post
The Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said Thursday Indonesia and Myanmar had agreed to cooperate in building Rakhine State, where most Rohingya people were living, in an effort to resolve the growing Southeast Asian refugee crisis.
He said Myanmar and Indonesia's agreement to jointly develop Rakhine, one of the least developed areas in Myanmar, was the result of a meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on May 21.
"The ministers believe that the continuous development of Rakhine State in various areas would contribute to solving the undocumented migrant issues," Arrmanatha said during a press conference on Thursday.
He said it was Indonesia that made the offer to the Myanmar government.
Arrmanatha said among other points agreed to was that the Myanmar government was committed to strengthening its border security. It also agreed to be part of the solution to eradicate human trafficking and to send its ambassador in Indonesia to have consular visits in Aceh.
The spokesperson said previously, Indonesia had also built several schools in Rakhine.
During the May 29 Bangkok meeting, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to take in the Rohingya people stranded at sea for a year. (fsu/ebf)(+++)
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