The plans to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar gathered momentum, with reports of Bangladesh armed forces gathering in the Cox's Bazar camps and allegations that refugees were assaulted by the authorities for refusing to cooperate, according to a report in the Guardian.
"The arrest and jailing of two journalists last fall was deeply troubling to millions of Americans and I look forward to speaking to you about the premium that we place on a free and independent press", the U.S. leader said.
In a meeting with Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the Asean Summit, US Vice President Mike Pence said the violence committed by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) was inexcusable.
"This is a tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of Americans", Pence said, as Aung San Suu Kyi sat stoically beside him.
But if they can not or will not return to Myanmar, it is unclear what will happen to them as the political ground shifts in Bangladesh.
Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Suu Kyi, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya.
Later this evening Ms Ardern meets China's Premier Li, with whom she plans to raise the renegotiation of the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement, as well as human rights and security issues in the South China Sea.
The hour-long briefing session was held to update the diplomats about the latest developments on Rohingya crisis and to seek support for the OIC and European Union resolution entitled "Human Right Situation in Myanmar", tabled at the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Rohingya leaders echoed those concerns, saying it was too soon to start the repatriation.
It also quoted other refugees as saying they were reluctant to go back and afraid of the military presence.
Two days earlier, Amnesty worldwide has deprived Aung San Suu Kyi its highest award - "Ambassador of conscience".
However, the State Department also said it agree with the assessment of the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) that conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns of the Rohingyas.
Refugee Commissioner Abul Kalam said on Thursday that the refugees "are not willing to go back now".
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the Reuters journalists, both Myanmar nationals, were arrested in the city of Yangon last December.
"They had a very candid exchange of views on that", the official said.
The plight of the Rohingya- a beleaguered stateless minority- grabbed the spotlight at this year's ASEAN summit, after a UN Fact Finding Mission said that Myanmar security forces should be tried in International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
"They were not jailed because they were journalists" but because "the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act", she said.
Its U.N. observer, Robert Mardini, said Wednesday that conditions are not right for Rohingya refugees to return. That campaign targeted the Muslim-majority ethnic group in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, as well as other ethnic minorities in the area, and killed thousands.