Myanmar leader holds talks with OIC delegation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-11-15 13:06:26

Myanmar Vice President Sai Mauk Kham held talks with a visiting delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday about the effort to restore peace and stability in restive western Rakhine state, local media reported.

The OIC delegation, comprising several foreign ministers of member states, is led by its Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The two sides also discussed rehabilitation being carried out in the state hit by communal violence.

On Thursday, Deputy Speaker of Myanmar's Parliament U Nanda Kyaw Swa met the OIC delegation in the capital.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu presented tractors and agricultural implements to Myanmar's Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, while Malaysian Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainudin visited Myanmar's Foreign Ministry.

The OIC delegation also held talks with leaders of four religions led by patron of Interfaith Dialogue Group of Myanmar U Hla Maung in the capital.

The OIC delegation arrived in Nay Pyi Taw from Yangon on Wednesday in an attempt to observe situation in Rakhine state, Meikhtila of Mandalay region hit by communal conflicts.

The OIC is made up of 57 Islamic countries.

Before the delegation's arrival, hundreds of protestors including Buddhist monks staged street demonstration in Yangon and Mandalay against the OIC delegation's visit, accusing the OIC of interfering in the country's internal affairs.

In the past two years, a series of communal conflicts in Rakhine, Meikhtila and Lashio in Shan state have displaced over 200,000 people.

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