Saturday 20 October 2018

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi to attend summits amid criticism over Rohingya exodus

Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to Belfast
Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to Belfast

Burma's leader Aung San Suu Kyi will attend two regional summits this month, amid growing international condemnation of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate over violence against a Muslim minority group allegedly conducted by the country's security forces.

State television said Ms Suu Kyi will attend this week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam and the November 10-14 summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Philippines.

In September, Ms Suu Kyi cancelled plans to attend the UN general assembly, a decision widely seen as a response to the criticism of the recent violence, which has sent more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The televised announcement did not say whether Ms Suu Kyi would discuss the Rohingya crisis during the summits.

AP

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