On Thursday Rex Tillerson, the American Secretary of State called the army chief of Myanmar, expressing concern about atrocities which were reportedly inflicted against the Rohingya Muslims residing in the Rakhine state. Over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from the Rakhine state which is located in Myanmar, where the majority of residents are Buddhists. The Rohingya mainly fled to Bangladesh after the security forces reacted on August 25 to attacks from Rohingya militants and launched a shutdown. Tillerson encouraged Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, the chief of the army to render support to the government of Myanmar to put an end to the violence, He also requested the army chief to allow the ethnic Rohingya Muslims to return safely after they fled from the region.
Currently the State Department contemplates to formally declare the repression of the Rohingya to be an occurrence of ethnic cleaning. Tillerson appealed to Min Aung Hlaing during his call that humanitarian relief should be rendered by the Myanmar military to the displaced people, whilst media access should be allowed. He also requested Myanmar’s cooperation with the investigation of the United Nations into allegations of the abuse of human rights. Pressure has risen for a tougher approach by the United States regarding the plight of the Rohingya, prior to President Trump’s first Asian visit during next month. The US president will be attending a summit in Manila of the South-east Asian countries, which include Myanmar.