Saturday 21 September 2019

Rohingya 'persecution is without excuse' - Pence warns Suu Kyi

 

Aung San Suu Kyi meets US Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha
Aung San Suu Kyi meets US Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha

John Geddie

US Vice President Mike Pence has delivered the United States' strongest condemnation yet of Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, telling leader Aung San Suu Kyi that "persecution" by her country's army was "without excuse".

Mr Pence also pressed Ms Suu Kyi to pardon two Reuters journalists who were sentenced in September to seven years in prison for breaching the Official Secrets Act.

"The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse," Mr Pence told Ms Suu Kyi at an Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore.

The United States has accused the military of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, who are widely reviled in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Irish Independent

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