President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo met with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Manila on Saturday (29/04). (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Indonesia Ready to Help Myanmar Achieve Political Stability: Jokowi

BY : SHEANY

APRIL 29, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said during a bilateral meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday (29/04) that Indonesia is ready to work with the government of Myanmar to ensure stability in the country, including by offering a capacity-building program for Myanmar's police force.

According to a press statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the president said political stability in Myanmar is good for the country as well as for the region.

On the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Manila, Jokowi offered Suu Kyi Indonesia's expertise in health, educational and livelihood programs, as well as the capacity-building training for Myanmar's police.

"We want the Rakhine State to develop into an inclusive area without discrimination," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in the statement.

Retno said Myanmar's police force is well short in numbers, with only 80,000 officers out of the required 100,000.

"Suu Kyi said she wants to work with Indonesia to offer more capacity-building programs for the Myanmar police force," Retno said.

The minister said Suu Kyi also spoke of the challenging circumstances in Myanmar, and expressed her government’s commitment to improve the situation in Rakhine State.

A series of attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group last year on Myanmar border guard posts ignited crisis in the troubled Rakhine State, where many Rohingya Muslims minority reside.

United Nations reported in February that Myanmar’s security forces had committed mass killings and gang rapes against the Rohingyas during their campaign against the insurgents.

According to a report from Reuters, the Myanmar military has denied the accusations.

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