State Counsellor exchanges views with Canadian PM in Vietnam

Writer: 
Chan Wai Soe
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vietnam. (Photo-Myanmar State Counsellor Office)

 

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who was in Vietnam to attend the Asean-Apec leaders’ informal dialogue, had a “friendly” meeting with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, at Furama Resort in Da Nang on November 10.
Aung San Suu Kyi exchanged views with Trudeau on matters relating to the internationally controversial recent events in Rakhine State. 
The State Counsellor, moreover, shared opinions on humanitarian assistance for Rakhine State, rehabilitation, resettlement, national verification process, public health, education, development in Rakhine State, and the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHARD).
CBC News, Canada’s national news network, reported that the meeting came as [Myanmar] faces a refugee crisis and accusations of gross human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority population in the predominately Buddhist nation.
Trudeau spoke to Suu Kyi in September “amid questions about her leadership at a time when many were accusing the country’s military of carrying out ethnic cleansing against the long-persecuted group”, the CBC reported.
During that September call, Trudeau “stressed the particular importance of the state counsellor as a moral and political leader.”
Present at the Da Nang meeting were Thaung Tun, Myanmar’s national security adviser, Kyaw Tin, minister of state for foreign affairs, Kyaw Soe Win, Myanmar’s ambassador to Vietnam, Thant Zin, director-general of the Protocol Department, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister for foreign affairs, Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar and other officials of Myanmar and Canada.