Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Myanmar government has held an urgent meeting in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss issues related to national security and international relations.

The Myanmar Presidential Palace said on June 8 that government officials and army generals focused on debating domestic issues after the country signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

The deal enables the UN bodies to access and engage in addressing the crisis in Rakhine state as well as support the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, establishment of an investigation commission in Rakhine, and other issues related to the state and national security.

Attending the meeting were 15 high-ranking leaders of Myanmar, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing. The meeting took place one day after Myanmar signed the MoU with the UN agencies.

Some 700,000 people have fled over the border to Bangladesh after the military launched a violent crackdown on Rohingya insurgents last August.

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on repatriating Rohingya people in November 2017. But only some refugees have been cleared for return, as they fear security instability.  

Both countries have traded accusations over who is responsible for the delay.-VNA