Justin Trudeau presses Suu Kyi to end Myanmar violence

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PV International desk : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to express “deep concerns” over treatment of Muslims and other ethnic minorities in her country, reports Huffington Post Canada.
The phone call on Wednesday (September 13) followed a chorus of cries for Canada to revoke the honorary citizenship it granted Suu Kyi in 2007.
The Prime Minister’s Office was silent on that point in its summary of the call, issued shortly after Trudeau took questions from the media at a cabinet retreat in St. John’s, N.L.
The timing meant reporters were unable to ask the prime minister about his conversation with Suu Kyi.
An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh, saying they are running from attacks by government troops and Buddhist mobs.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been widely criticized in recent weeks for not doing more to protect them.
She says her government is fighting a militant insurgency.
According to the summary, Trudeau stressed to Suu Kyi the urgent need for Myanmar’s military and civilian leaders to take a strong stand in ending the violence and promote the protection of civilians and access for the United Nations and humanitarian groups.