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Myanmar Hopes to Strike a Deal With Bangladesh to Solve Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 13th Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 13th Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Naypyitaw: Myanmar‘s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday she hopes talks with Bangladesh this week will result in a memorandum of understanding on the “safe return” of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the past three months.

A military clearance operation launched in Myanmar‘s Rakhine State has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist-majority country since late August.

Suu Kyi spoke to reporters at the end of a meeting of senior officials at the Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, in Myanmar‘s capital Naypyitaw, where the crisis in Rakhine was discussed on the sidelines of official talks.