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Obama to discuss Rohingya violence on Myanmar visit

Published on Nov 14, 2012 5:11 PM

PERTH (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will discuss the deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state during his historic visit to the country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

She will accompany Mr Obama next week when he makes the first visit to Myanmar by a sitting US president, during which he will meet both President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mrs Clinton said unrest between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in the western state of Rakhine would "of course" feature in Mr Obama's talks.

The clashes in that region have so far claimed 180 lives and forced more than 110,000, mainly Rohingya, into makeshift camps.

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