Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Myanmar’s military chief to address allegations of human rights violations against minority Rohingya Muslims.
Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since Myanmar’s security forces launched a massive sweep operation against Rohingya militants in 2017.
On 8th October (Wednesday) in Tokyo, Abe held a meeting with the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s Defense Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Abe said Japan hopes efforts by Myanmar’s military will improve the situation. He also recognized the commander-in-chief’s decision to halt military action against the minority people.
Min Aung Hlaing said the military is working for domestic peace and stability and the early return of refugees.
Abe said Myanmar’s government and military should act quickly regarding alleged human rights violations, and urged the commander-in-chief to take the initiative. The military leader agreed to take appropriate measures.