Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has posted on Facebook about Singapore's donation of $300,000 to Myanmar and Bangladesh and its offer of humanitarian aid for the Rakhine refugee crisis.
Read his statement below.
"The conflict in Rakhine State of Myanmar has resulted in the loss of lives, destruction of homes and displacement of large numbers of people. This is a complex inter-communal issue with deep historical roots. Ultimately, a long-term political solution must be found through reconciliation, and constructive and positive dialogue. In the meantime, humanitarian assistance has to reach all affected communities, and Singapore wants to help.
The Singapore Government will donate approximately S$300,000 worth of humanitarian relief supplies through MINDEF and the SAF to Bangladesh and Myanmar for the affected communities in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State. Our offers of assistance have been conveyed to the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Beyond our offers of bilateral assistance, Singapore also stands ready to support efforts by ASEAN to utilise existing mechanisms to provide humanitarian assistance in accordance with the principles of the ASEAN Charter.
Also heartened to see our community organisations, including the Singapore Red Cross, Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation and Mercy Relief, doing their part to help."

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