President Duterte gave Myanmar about $300,000 for humanitarian efforts to Rakhine State throughout his official go to on Monday (March 20).
The Rakhine State is now topic of investigations by a United Nations particular rapporteurs which have raised alarm bells on potential ethnic cleaning of Muslims within the area, marred by extra-judicial killings.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi expressed gratitude to Duterte over the contribution made the Philippines throughout their assembly in Nay Pyi Taw.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, I would like to express our deep appreciation to the Government of the Philippines of its generous contribution of US $300,000 as humanitarian assistance for the communities in the Rakhine State, Myanmar,” Suu Kyi mentioned in a one-page letter.
“This thoughtful gesture of the Government of the Republic of the Philippnes reflects the ASEAN solidarity and family spirit as well as the traditional bonds of friendship and cooperation between two countries,” she mentioned.
Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have contributed help to the Rakhine state. Thailand donated $200,000.
Aside from assembly with Suu Kyi, Duterte additionally had bilateral talks with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw after the welcome honors on the Presidential Palace.
Following the assembly, the 2 leaders signed a memorandum of understanding on meals safety and agricultural cooperation.