Indonesia supports Myanmar's peace efforts in Rakhine state hinh anh 1People flee from fighting areas in Rakhine state of Myanmar(Photo: EPA/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesia will back Myanmar’s efforts for peace, stability and development in its northern state of Rakhine, said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Masudi.

The Indonesian official voiced her support when she met with Myanmar’s State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, reported Myanmar News Agency on September 5.

They also exchanged views on matters relating to humanitarian and development aid to Rakhine state and enhancement of bilateral cooperation.

During her visit, the Indonesian FM also met with U Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s Minister of the Office of the State Counselor.
Indonesia and Myanmar are also seeking ways to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation in the region. Last month, senior officials of the two countries convened a special meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar.

Clashes between Myanmar army and insurgents occurred in Rakhine state as gunmen attacked 24 police posts and broke into a military outpost in Rakhine on August 24. To date, at least 110 people have been killed and tens of thousands of people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, have fled into Bangladesh. 

Myanmar authorities have called on all ethnic groups to cooperate with the government in restoring peace and stability in Rakhine. National Security Adviser U Thaung Tun said the government has every right to defend itself, and forces will be used with restraint to avoid civilian causalities.

He warned that the current terrorist attacks may spread to and affect other regions in the country, while reaffirming the government’s commitment to fighting terrorism.-VNA