Malaysia, Indonesia FMs visit Myanmar for Arakan Muslims

Trip comes day after two countries agreed to temporarily house thousands of boat people stranded off their shores - many of whom are Muslims from Myanmar.

Malaysia, Indonesia FMs visit Myanmar for Arakan Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Malaysia's foreign minister is to visit Myanmar on Thursday, the day after Anifah Aman and his Indonesian counterpart announced that their countries would temporarily house thousands of Arakan Muslims stranded off their shores from Myanmar.

The government said in a press release that Aman is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin in the country's capital Nay Pyi Taw.

It added that the two will exchange views, particularly on human trafficking and people smuggling in Southeast Asia.

Aman will be accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi Anifah.

Myanmar is under intense pressure to help stem a flood of migrants from Bangladesh - many of whom are Arakan Muslims fleeing Myanmar - that have been attempting to land on Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian shores.

On Wednesday, Malaysia's Aman and Indonesia's Anifah said the two countries had agreed to offer temporary shelter to the around 7,000 Arakan and Bangladeshi migrants currently stranded on boats on the Andaman Sea - but only if the international community agrees to then resettle them after one year.

The two were speaking to media after three-way talks on the crisis with their Thai counterpart.

"In the meantime, Malaysia and Indonesia invite other countries in the region to join in this endeavor," Aman told reporters.

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