WASHINGTON — Sept. 14, 2017: The United States has agreed to issue a stern statement on the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar after being informed of the actual situation by Malaysia.
According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he succeeded in heightening US President Donald Trump’s awareness of the Rohingya crisis.
“When I explained to Trump on what happened and its implications, he instructed for a strong statement to be issued so that the violence against the Rohingya is stopped,” Najib told Malaysian journalists at the end of his three-day working visit here yesterday.
He said Trump also instructed his officers to study the form of humanitarian aid that could be channeled to the victims.
“Before this I did not think such a statement would be issued without input from Malaysia. I raised it as I had promised to the people of Malaysia,” said Najib.
Before leaving for the US, Najib had promised to raise the issue of oppression of Rohingya Muslims with the leader of the super power.
After the meeting at the White House, Washington and Kuala Lumpur issued a joint statement calling for violence against the Rohingya to stop.
More than 379,000 Rohingya Muslims were reported to have fled from Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25.
Najib said Malaysia would continue to channel humanitarian aid and use its influence via bodies like the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations to champion the plight of the Rohingya.
On Asean cooperation on this, Najib said it was a humanitarian one, whereby cooperation has always been a principle strongly held by the regional grouping.
“What is happening is totally unacceptable. We are not interfering in the affairs of other countries, but (the crisis) impinges the image and security of other Asean nations. Therefore, we are obliged to give our opinion,” Najib said. — Bernama