Ottawa, Ontario
September 13, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar. The Prime Minister conveyed his deep concerns over the situation in Rakhine State for Rohingya muslims and other ethnic minorities.   He stressed the particular importance of the State Counsellor as a moral and political leader. The Prime Minister also emphasised the urgent need for Myanmar's military and civilian leaders to take a strong stand in ending the violence, promoting the protection of civilians and promoting unimpeded access for the UN and international humanitarian actors.

The Prime Minister and the State Counsellor discussed the need to defend and protect the rights of all minorities. The Prime Minister offered Canada’s support to help build a peaceful and stable society in Myanmar that is respectful of the rights of all ethnic minorities. The State Counsellor expressed appreciation for Canada’s contribution to humanitarian efforts.