Indonesia, Myanmar to discuss situation in Rakhine State

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi has said she will meet Myanmars State Counselor Dauw Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw to discuss the developing situation in Rakhine State.

“I will meet with Dauw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the developments in Rakhine State,” Retno noted in the Foreign Affairs Ministrys press statement on Tuesday.

The statement announced that Retno had left Jakarta for the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw on Tuesday morning to meet with Suu Kyi in the evening, as part of a series of intensive diplomatic efforts undertaken by Indonesia to help resolve the problem in Rakhine.

Earlier on Saturday, Retno had also been in talks over the phone with former UN Secretary General Koffi Anan, who is now the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the settlement of problems in Rakhine, Myanmar.

According to Retno, Indonesias diplomatic efforts to deal with the security situation and condition of the victims in Rakhine following the October 9 attack have not stopped.

She said the Indonesian government continues to maintain intensive communications with the Myanmar government in Naypyidaw and through the ambassador of Myanmar in Jakarta.

The Indonesian ambassador to Myanmar is one of seven foreign ambassadors and the only ASEAN ambassador to have visited Rakhine State on November 3-6 to get a first-hand look at the situation and obtain information directly.

Various meetings were also conducted by the Indonesian foreign affairs minister and deputy foreign affairs minister with community organizations, especially Islamic organizations, to solicit feedback. Communication with various international nongovernmental organizations was also conducted.

“The meeting with the State Council of Myanmar is expected to bring improvements to the humanitarian situation and stability for all communities, particularly the Muslim community, in Rakhine State,” Retno remarked.

Source: Antara News