How generous! Duterte donates $300K to Myanmar
President Duterte gave Myanmar about $300,000 for humanitarian efforts to Rakhine State during his official visit on Monday (March 20).
The Rakhine State is now subject of investigations by a United Nations special rapporteurs which have raised alarm bells on possible ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the region, marred by extra-judicial killings.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi expressed gratitude to Duterte over the contribution made the Philippines during their meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, I would like to express our deep appreciation to the Government of the Philippines of its generous contribution of US $300,000 as humanitarian assistance for the communities in the Rakhine State, Myanmar,” Suu Kyi said in a one-page letter.
“This thoughtful gesture of the Government of the Republic of the Philippnes reflects the ASEAN solidarity and family spirit as well as the traditional bonds of friendship and cooperation between two countries,” she said.
Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have contributed assistance to the Rakhine state. Thailand donated $200,000.
Aside from meeting with Suu Kyi, Duterte also had bilateral talks with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw after the welcome honors at the Presidential Palace.
Following the meeting, the two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation.