Hawzah News Agency - (Budapest - Hungry) - Suu Kyi, who has been internationally condemned for the persecution of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Myanmar’s northwestern state of Rakhine, held talks with the Hungarian leader in Budapest this week as part of a rare trip to Europe.
Reports suggested that the two leaders had found common ground on the subject of immigration and Islam.
“The two leaders highlighted that one of the greatest challenges at present for both countries and their respective regions – south-east Asia and Europe – is migration,” read a statement released after their meeting.
“They noted that both regions have seen the emergence of the issue of co-existence with continuously growing Muslim populations,” the statement added.
The meeting comes as Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, has been stripped of a series of international honors over the Rohingya exodus that began in August 2017.
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August 2017, when many of the surviving members of the community started fleeing to Bangladesh en masse.
More than 700,000 members of the mostly stateless group fled across Myanmar's western border into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military’s crackdown.
The United Nations has blamed Suu Kyi for failing to prevent the brutal violence and atrocities, which the international organization says constitute genocide.
Meanwhile, Orban has branded refugees from the Middle East and Central Asia who are fleeing violence and economic hardship as “Muslim invaders” and has taken dramatic measures to curtail their numbers entering Hungary.
The government in Budapest has ordered the construction of a massive barbed-wire fence along its border with Serbia.
The far-right leader has repeatedly clashed with the European Union over the issue of immigration after his government declared "a crisis situation due to mass immigration" in 2015.
The Orban administration was accused of using anti-refugee rhetoric that fuels "xenophobic attitudes, fear and hatred" in a report by the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights.