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Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Suu Kyi discuss Rohingya crisis

  • Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Manila   /   Sat, April 29, 2017   /   04:08 pm
Jokowi, Suu Kyi discuss Rohingya crisis All set: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana arrive in Manila, the Philippines, to attend the 30th ASEAN Summit, which took place from April 26 to 29. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to intensify Indonesia’s campaign to push Myanmar to immediately resolve conflicts that have affected the Rohingya Muslims in that country.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, which took place from April 26 to 29.      

In a 30-minute closed door bilateral meeting on Saturday morning, Jokowi discussed the Rohingya crisis with Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights in 1991. The crisis has led the minority Muslim group to suffer widespread killings and rapes for years in the country.  

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, who accompanied Jokowi during the meeting, said Suu Kyi told President Jokowi that the Myanmar government was committed to solving the conflicts.

“Daw Suu Kyi said that the situation was not simple, but she said the Myanmar government had a strong commitment to fix the situation in Rakhine,” Retno told journalists after the bilateral meeting.

Retno said Suu Kyi thanked the Indonesian government for its active campaigns to solve the humanitarian conflicts in Rakhine.

Indonesia has so far shown its serious concern about the conflict by sending Retno several times to Myanmar in the past few years to discuss Indonesia’s position. In January this year, Jokowi sent 10 containers of goods such as rice, medicine, instant noodles and biscuits for babies for the Rohingya people. (ebf)