Rohingya refugees move to Kutupalong, Ukhia, Bangladesh (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar’s State Counsellor cum Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on August 6 discussed ways to resolve the ongoing crisis involved the Rohingya Muslim minority group in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Kono told a press briefing in Myanmar’s capital city of Naypyitaw that during an hour-long meeting with Suu Kyi, he noted recent steps taken by the Myanmar government on the issue, such as cooperating with the United Nations and forming a commission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine state.

The Japanese Foreign Minister also urged the Myanmar government to cooperate with the United Nations in accommodating returning refugees.

Kono also affirmed that the Japanese government will continue to help solve problems by joining hands with Myanmar people and in close discussions with Suu Kyi.

For her part, Suu Kyi told reporters that the two officials had "frank" discussions over the "Rakhine issue" and expressed her appreciation to Japan for its approach to the issue as well as its efforts to find out ways to help solve Myanmar’s problem.

Kono arrived in Naypyitaw on August 5 after attending the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 51) and related meetings in Singapore.

The Japanese Foreign Minister met with Myanmar President Win Myint on August 6 morning before meeting Suu Kyi. He is scheduled to visit Bangladesh after Myanmar, as part of his three-nation tour of the region.

According to the United Nations, more than 720,000 Rohingya people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh from the northern State of Rakhine since the Myanmar military launched a harsh crackdown last August in reprisal for attacks on security posts by Rohingya militants.

In June 2018, the Myanmar government reached an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to cooperate in repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.-VNA