September 8, 2017 / 5:21 PM / 6 months ago

U.S. says Myanmar should respond responsibly to attacks on security forces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Myanmar should respond responsibly to attacks on security forces in the country’s Rakhine State, respecting rule of law and human rights, a senior official of the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy arrives for a meeting with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring/Files

Patrick Murphy, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told reporters Washington saw shortcomings on the part of the security forces and the government in dealing with the situation in Rakhine and was pushing for urgent restoration of access for humanitarian assistance and journalists there.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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