Trudeau says humanitarian aid not tied to Rakhine issue

Writer: 
Kyaw Zaw Lin
ASEAN’s leaders pose for a documentary group photo together with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Photo-Kyaw Zaw Lin)
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will provide effective humanitarian aid to Myanmar without laying any blame for Rakhine issue.
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been in the Philippines to attend the 31st Asean Summit and related meetings, held a press conference the World Trade Center in Manila on November 14.
A journalist asked Justin Trudeau if the Southeast Asian region was violating human rights. 
 
Trudeau replied: “We are the ones who point out our country is not perfect. Canada cannot give the rights for resident ethnics as much as they are required. I told Aung San Suu Kyi that Canada would not blame her for Rakhine issue, but we must take lessons from the difficulties we are facing and assistance would be provided to the places where necessary.”
 
Another journalist asked Trudeau why Canada was paying attention to the affairs of East Asia and Southeast Asia.
 
He replied that more than 600 million people are living in the Asean region, and the countries from East Asia and Southeast Asia have potential for benefiting Canada in the areas of economics, social affairs, politics and security. Canada has been a partner to Asean for  40 years and will remain a partner in the future, he said.
 
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who was in Vietnam to attend the Asean-Apec leaders’ informal dialogue, had a “friendly” meeting with Trudeau at Furama Resort in Da Nang on November 10. They also had a meeting in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, in June 2017.