Amid 'deep concern' for Rohingya refugees, Trudeau meets with Myanmar leader Suu Kyi
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November 10, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his special envoy to Myanmar, Bob Rae, met with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, before the start of APEC trade talks in Da Nang, Vietnam.
During the 45-minute meeting, they talked about Suu Kyi's perceived inaction on the Rohingya refugee crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee from Myanmar's Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh in the face of violence at home.
Rae told reporters after that Trudeau was forthright about the level of violence and the extent of the problems causing people to flee.
"From my point of view that was extremely important for her to hear, directly from Canada's prime minister. I think it was also important for us to hear her out," Rae told reporters.
"From her perspective, she's doing what she can in a difficult circumstance. I think it's fair to say that we feel that more needs to be done and more could be done."
The former Ontario premier and interim Liberal leader says resolutions will be raised at the United Nations General Assembly, the main policy-making body of the UN.
"These are not judgments that are unique to Canada, we're not alone in raising these questions," Rae said.
The meeting comes as Myanmar faces allegations of large-scale human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority population in the predominately Buddhist nation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Commemorative session in Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday. While there, he asked member countries to accept Canada into the regional and global security-focused ASEAN summit. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Trudeau shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a photo for the ASEAN-Canada 40th Commemorative session. Duterte has been called the Trump of the East for his brash style. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shares a laugh with Trudeau at the start of a bilateral meeting in Manila on Monday. Ardern was one of many world leaders Trudeau met during his trip to Asia, which started Wednesday in Vietnam. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Trudeau waves as he arrives in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday. The two-day state visit ahead of APEC summit marked only the second meeting between the two countries' leaders since the end of war in 1975 and the normalization of relations. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Trudeau meets Vietnamese Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the National Assembly's Office. The bilateral relationship between Canada and Vietnam has been strained over the years by Canada's involvement in the Vietnam War. (Minh Hoang/AP)
Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc raises a glass with Trudeau during a state banquet. Trudeau said in a press conference with his Vietnam counterpart that Canada would not be rushed into signing a renewed TPP trade agreement. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)