Senin , 11 September 2017, 18:05 WIB

Myanmar commits to open access for humanitarian aid: Marsudi

Rep: Amri Amrullah/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda
Republika/ Yasin Habibi
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi conveys the results of a meeting with leaders of Myanmar and Bangladesh during a working meeting with House of Representatives Commission I at the Parliament Complex of Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (September 11).
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi conveys the results of a meeting with leaders of Myanmar and Bangladesh during a working meeting with House of Representatives Commission I at the Parliament Complex of Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (September 11).

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Indonesian Minister of Foregin Affairs Retno Marsudi said Myanmar has stated its commitment to enable humanitarian assistance to reach Rakhine State. 

Myanmar's willingness to open access to humanitarian aid arose after Indonesian and other ASEAN countries Foreign Affairs Ministry, Bangladesh, Australia, UK, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) conducting active diplomatic communications with local authorities. 

"Myanmar will open access to humanitarian aid and Indonesia has asked for ASEAN countries to be involved and participated in delivering aid," she said during a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission I, Monday (September 11).

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Retno Marsudi said during last week's marathon diplomacy, she had meet with key figures in Myanmar and Bangladesh. According to her, Myanmar State Councelor Aung San Suu Kyi, Commander-in-chief of Myanmar armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and other Myanmar's military officers have given their commitment to secure humanitarian aid to Rakhine State.

Bangladesh Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs have shown the same commitment when meeting Retno Marsudi in Dhaka.

Retno Marsudi said Indonesia has commited to involve Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance for Myanmar (AKIM) in the distribution of aid. "Indonesia's intention to distribute the aid has been welcomed by Aung San Suu Kyi," she said.

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