Indonesia president on state visit to Burma, will discuss anti-Muslim violence

April 25, 2013
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RANGOON, Burma – Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Burma for a two-day state visit Tuesday (April 23rd), local media reported.

Prior to his departure, he told journalists in Jakarta that he would raise the issue of anti-Muslim violence with President Thein Sein, saying he would "continue helping to reach a positive outcome" on the issue of the persecution of Muslim Rohingya, according to The Irrawaddy.

"Indonesia hopes the (Burma) government will handle the Rohingya issue wisely and fairly," Yudhoyono said Monday, according to The Jakarta Globe.

Several Burmese Muslim and Rohingya groups said they contacted the Indonesian government to raise the issue with Yudhoyono during his visit, but were turned down.

"I already contacted the first secretary of the Indonesian Embassy," said Rohingya leader Abu Tahay, who chairs the Union National Development Party. "But he told me this is a state visit, not a working visit."

Yudhoyono flew to Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday to discuss boosting bilateral ties with his Burmese counterpart and to witness the signing of trade and investment agreements.

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