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Members of a Muslim group stage a rally outside the Burmese embassy in Jakarta on Sept. 4 (Photo by Wataru Suzuki)
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Indonesian minister meets Suu Kyi as Rohingya crisis deepens

President Joko Widodo pressured to act by local Muslim groups

ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi on Monday held a series of meetings with top Burmese officials, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as pressure mounted on the government of the world's most populous Muslim nation to help Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Marsudi, who also met with the commander-in-chief of the Burmese Armed Forces, Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, urged the army to end "all forms of violence" in Myanmar's Rakhine State. A fresh wave of violence erupted in the region following an attack by an insurgency group on military posts on Aug. 25. Myanmar's armed forces responded with force, reportedly killing hundreds and sending tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

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