Aung San Suu Kyi meets US secy of state, UN chief

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTINSIGHT -

MANILA: Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced ris­ing global pres­sure Tues­day to solve the cri­sis for her na­tion’s dis­placed Ro­hingya, meet­ing the UN chief and Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat in the Philip­pines.

UN sec­re­tary gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res told the No­bel lau­re­ate that hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ro­hingya who had fled to Bangladesh should be al­lowed to re­turn to Myan­mar.

The meet with Guter­res came hours be­fore Suu Kyi sat down with US sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son on the side­lines of the East Asia Sum­mit in Manila.

Wash­ing­ton has been cau­tious in its state­ments on the sit­u­a­tion in Rakhine, and has avoided out­right crit­i­cism of Suu Kyi.

Sup­port­ers say she must nav­i­gate a path be­tween out­rage abroad and pop­u­lar feel­ing in a ma­jor­ity Bud­dhist coun­try where most peo­ple be­lieve the Ro­hingya are in­ter­lop­ers.

At a photo op­por­tu­nity at the top of her meet­ing with Tiller­son, Suu Kyi ig­nored a jour­nal­ist who asked if the Ro­hingya were cit­i­zens of Myan­mar.

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