Tillerson to visit Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

ANI | Updated: Nov 03, 2017 03:45 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Nov. 3 (ANI): United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be visiting Myanmar on November 15 to meet and consult with senior Burmese leaders and officials on actions to address the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and the U.S. support for Burma's democratic transition.

This will be Tillerson's first ever trip to the Myanmar.

"The Secretary will travel to Naypyidaw, Burma, where on November 15 he will meet and consult with senior leaders and officials on actions to address the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and U.S. support for Burma's democratic transition," the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

More than 500,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh since the Myanmar security forces launched an operation against the minority community, in response to alleged attacks by the militants on August 25 against 30 police posts and a regimental headquarters.

The State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the Secretary will "accompany the U.S. President Donald Trump on his travels to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Secretary will also make an additional stop in Burma."

"The Secretary's six-country trip demonstrates the Administration's commitment to our alliances and partnerships in the Asia Pacific and highlights our ongoing engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) on regional issues of mutual interest and concern," the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

The State Department has given the detailed itenerary to the Secretary's six country's visit from November 4 to November 16. (ANI)

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