Jacinda Ardern meets with Myanmar's leader, voices concern on Rohingya situation

Jessica Mutch McKay
Source: 1News

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had her first high-level meetings at the East Asia Leaders' Summit in Singapore.

The bilateral with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi focused on the situation with the Rohingya, a spokesperson for the prime minister said.

Ms Ardern stated New Zealand’s concerns, in line with previous public statements made.

There was a discussion about the current situation on the ground in Rakhine, and the need for security and development.

The prime minister also indicated a willingness to assist in any way New Zealand could to achieve an enduring resolution to the situation.

Ms Ardern says the ASEAN congress is critical to New Zealand's security and economic prosperity.

Ten members make up the association of Southeast Asian nations, from Indonesia up to Laos.

Joining them are delegations from eight other countries, including New Zealand, Australia, China, Russia and the US.

This summit represents 54 per cent of the world’s population and 58 per cent of global GDP.