Vivian meets Suu Kyi for talks

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan had discussions with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw on Friday.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan had discussions with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw on Friday.PHOTO: VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN / FACEBOOK

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan visited Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, and met Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday.

In a Facebook post, Dr Balakrishnan said he had a "warm and open discussion" with Ms Suu Kyi on the situation in the state of Rakhine and how Asean can support Myanmar in providing humanitarian assistance to all affected communities. Dr Balakrishnan was on a two-day working visit to Myanmar.

The unfolding violence in Rakhine state "is a complex inter-communal issue with deep historical roots", said the Singapore Government on Sept 8, calling on all parties involved to avoid any action that would worsen the situation on the ground.

Muslim and Buddhist leaders in Singapore have also expressed concern over the violence in Rakhine.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 17, 2017, with the headline 'Vivian meets Suu Kyi for talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe