US Vice-President Pence tells Myanmar's Suu Kyi persecution of Rohingya inexcusable

US Vice-President Mike Pence told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Singapore that the US was anxious to hear of progress in holding people accountable for the Rohingya crisis.
US Vice-President Mike Pence told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Singapore that the US was anxious to hear of progress in holding people accountable for the Rohingya crisis.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - US Vice-President Mike Pence told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday (Nov 14) that the violence and persecution by her country's military and vigilantes that sent more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh was inexcusable.

Mr Pence told Ms Suu Kyi in a brief meeting with the media before they went into private talks on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore that the United States was anxious to hear of progress in holding people accountable for the Rohingya crisis.

Ms Suu Kyi responded that people have different views.

Mr Pence also said that Washington wanted to see a free and democratic press in Myanmar, and the jailing of two journalists last year was "deeply troubling" for millions of Americans.

He did not mention by name Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Yangon in December 2017.

They were found guilty in September of breaching the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.