Duterte meets Suu Kyi, donates aid for Rohingyas

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Manila, March 20 (IANS) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and donated $300,000 for the Muslim minority Rohingya community, which has been the victim of an escalation of violence that has left dozens dead and thousands displaced.

The closed-door meeting between Duterte and Suu Kyi took place at the presidential palace in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, and was later opened for the press when the visiting President made his financial contribution, according to Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN.

As she accepted the donation, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate underlined the spirit of solidarity among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), to which both countries belong, reported Efe news.

Asean is a regional bloc that also includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have already contributed humanitarian aid to the Rohingya community.

Duterte also met Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw in the presidential palace. His visit was aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation, particularly in the area of trade and investment.

The Philippines President was scheduled to arrive in Bangkok late on Monday for a two-day visit.

–IANS

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