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Suu Kyi to send minister to discuss Rohingya issue

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Amid the growing pressure on Myanmar, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi now wants to send her representative to discuss the Rohingya issue with the Bangladesh government.
Bangladesh has sought an initiative to discuss the issue bilaterally before August 25 but there had been no feedback from Myanmar side. Now Suu Kyi is willing to send Minister of the Office of State Counselor Kyaw Tint Swe to Bangladesh, a diplomatic source told UNB.
The date of the visit will be finalised once both sides find a mutually convenient time, said the source.
Violence in Rakhine State that began on August 25 forced some 436,000 Rohingya refugees to cross the border into Cox's Bazar.
Of all the new arrivals, 429,000 are in need of emergency food assistance.
Among the new arrivals, an estimated 55,770 pregnant and lactating women, and children under 5, require targeted food assistance.

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