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Singapore - 14 November 2018
1. Wide of US Vice President Mike Pence with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, zoom in as they sit down
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"I'm also very anxious to hear about the progress that's being made regarding the Rohingya. This is a tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of Americans. The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh is without excuse."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"Let me also say that here in America we believe in our democratic institutions and ideals, including a free and independent press. And the arrest and jailing of two journalists last fall was deeply troubling to millions of Americans, and I look forward to speaking with you about the premium that we place on a free and independent press."
4. Pence and Suu Kyi shaking hands
5. Pence innviting Syy Kyi to make comments
6. UPSOUND (English) Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's State Counsellor (++AUDIO AS INCOMING++):
"It's always good to get together and to discuss issues in which we are both interested. Of course, people have different points of view, but we should exchange these views and learn to understand each other better. We welcome all friends to welcome and support us in everything we are doing to make our country a safer and more prosperous place for everybody."
US Vice President Mike Pence told Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday that he was keen to hear news of progress with regard to the Rohingya.
Pence was meeting Suu Kyi in Singapore on the sidelines of the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
The crisis over Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslims has overshadowed the meetings in Singapore, with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed Mahathir lambasted Suu Kyi on Tuesday for her handling of the crisis that led to mass killings and the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya from Buddhist-majority Myanmar since August 2017.
Pence described the plight of the Rohingya as a "tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of Americans" and said that the violence they have experienced is "without excuse".
Pence also underlined the US commitment to "a free and independent press" and described the arrest of two journalists in Myanmar in 2017 as "deeply troubling to Americans".
Suu Kyi didn't respond directly to Pence's comments, but said the country welcomed support in "everything we are doing to make our country a safer and more prosperous place for everybody".
Pence is attending the ASEAN summit on behalf of US President Donald Trump.