Canadian PM Expresses Concern Over Attacks On Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

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Rohingya refugees crossing the river to reach Bangladesh border.

Trudeau offered Canada’s support to help build a peaceful and stable society in Myanmar that is respectful of the rights of all ethnic minorities

OTTAWA (IANS) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed concern over the attacks on Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar and urged the country’s leadership to end the violence.

Trudeau made the observations during a telephonic call to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Trudeau stressed Suu Kyi’s importance as a moral and political leader in resolving the crisis that has sent thousands of Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh, the Canadian Prime Minister Office said on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The Prime Minister also emphasized the urgent need for Myanmar’s military and civilian leaders to take a strong stand in ending the violence, promoting the protection of civilians and promoting unimpeded access for the UN and international humanitarian actors,” the office said.

The two leaders discussed the need to defend and protect the rights of all minorities. Trudeau offered Canada’s support to help build a peaceful and stable society in Myanmar that is respectful of the rights of all ethnic minorities, while the state counsellor expressed her appreciation of Canada’s contribution to humanitarian efforts, the office added.

The Canadian government has pledged 1 million Canadian dollars ($810,000) in humanitarian aid for Rakhine state, located on the western coast of Myanmar where the violence has erupted.

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