Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Vietnam on Friday, conveying his country’s ongoing concern with the violence that has forced more than 607,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh in the past two months.
The 45-minute meeting was held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam’s Danang, reports The Globe and Mail.
"(It's) an opportunity to talk about a number of issues, including the refugee situation and how Canada can continue to help in a situation that, obviously, a lot of people back home are concerned about," the Canadian newspaper quoted Trudeau as saying.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Special Envoy to Myanmar Bob Rae too had attended the meeting, which discussed the latter’s recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, said the report.
The meeting came after Suu Kyi, who is an honorary Canadian citizen, met Trudeau during a trip to Ottawa in June. The Canadian premier has since joined international criticism of Suu Kyi, urging her to live up to her moral obligations as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and condemn the violence against the Rohingyas.
However, the report said Trudeau is yet respond to calls to revoke her honorary Canadian citizenship, including a petition that has garnered nearly 45,000 signatures.
This was the leaders' first meeting since the Myanmar security forces’ crackdown that began in late August, kick-starting the latest Rohingya influx in Bangladesh.
Earlier, a report of The Sun said: “Canadian officials, who have spoken on the condition of anonymity, have said Ottawa has been reluctant to overtly blame Suu Kyi for the violence against Muslims in her country because it believes Myanmar’s military is using it to undermine her celebrated global reputation.”