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Asian Nations Avoid Myanmar Criticism in Pledge to Help Migrants

Southeast Asian nations agreed to cooperate more closely to stem an exodus of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh while avoiding a discussion of Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims that has been blamed for sparking the crisis.

Countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand “fully recognized the urgency of the current situation which requires immediate regional responses,” Thailand’s foreign ministry said in a joint statement with officials from 17 nations who met in Bangkok Friday.