Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits Rakhine


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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has visited Rohingya villages during her one-day visit to Rakhine , the first to the violence-hit state since the Aug 24-25 coordinated attacks by ARSA terrorists.

She last visited Rakhine during the 2015 elections.

Government officials told media persons the visit was unannounced for security reasons.

Villagers and traders in both Sittwe and Maungdaw later told journalists they were not aware of her visit, suggesting the trip was kept under wraps. Local journalists said they saw considerable security deployment. 

Aung San Suu Kyi was received by Rakhine state government ministers and officials in Sittwe on arrival around 8 am.

She also met volunteers working for Rakhine's development and spoke to at least 12 of them, eye-witnesses said.

She then had a meeting with Rakhine State government as well as representatives from youth groups. Later, she left for Maungdaw in northern Rakhine around 9 am.

Government spokesman Zaw Htay told media persons that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited Maungdaw and Buthiduang but did not disclose exact locations, perhaps for security reasons.

Aung San Suu Kyi did visit some Rohingya villages and spoke to villagers asking all ethnic groups to ' live in peace and not to quarrel.' But other details are not available as yet.

Journalists in Sittwe saw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi board a military helicopter in Sittwe on Thursday morning, accompanied by about 20 people.

Officials accompanying her include U Kyaw Tint Swe, minister of State Counsellor Office, U Nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Rakhine State government and Dr Win Mya Aye, vice chair of UEHRD and minister of social welfare.

She was also accompanied by business tycoon Zaw Zaw,  who has lavishly donated to her civilian development program managed by the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine.

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