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Aung San Suu Kyi visits Rakhine amid Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has visited Rakhine state for the first time since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims began fleeing the country to escape a brutal military operation launched in late August.

Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi, reporting from Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, said on Thursday that Rakhine state government spokesman said she was on the trip to “show there is stability in the region”.

News of the Myanmar leader’s visit comes as a group of US senators consider legislation targeting Myanmar’s military for sanctions over the Rohingya crisis.

The Myanmar government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has downplayed the deadly ethnic violence in Rakhine state despite reports of continued exodus of Rohingya to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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