SINGAPORE – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected criticism of the government’s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Suu Kyi on Wednesday that the violence, which led more than 700,000 of the country’s Rohingya minority to fly in Bangladesh since August 2017, was “without excuse”.
Pence also said that Myanmar arrested and sentenced two Reuters journalists to be “deeply worrying” for millions of Americans.
Pence and Suu Kyi met in addition to the annual Summit of the South East Asian Nations Association in Singapore. Pence said that the meeting was at Suu Kyi’s request.
Suu Kyi said that only Myanmar was able to explain what happened and how things saw things, just as the Americans understood best what is happening there.