But the former political prisoner has faced growing criticism from fellow Nobel laureates over her response to what the United Nations human rights chief called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
"This violence must stop".
U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson arrives for a courtesy call on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.
As de facto head of Burma's elected civilian government, she is in the peculiar position of having no control over the security forces carrying out the persecution, which are under the command of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
"Combined with those who fled during the last round of violence in Rakhine State last October, it is estimated that some 40% of the total Rohingya population living in Rakhine state have now fled into Bangladesh". Based on its analysis of video, satellite photos, witness accounts and other data, the human rights group said more than 80 inhabited sites, each at least 375 meters (1,230 feet) in length, have been torched in strife-hit Rakhine State.More news: Options for North Korea are 'effective and overwhelming'
After the UN Security Council held closed consultations on the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, the president of the UNSC voices the states' concern over the situation in the country.
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier told the senate Suu Kyi "agreed with the need for immediate and improved access of humanitarian assistance to the region, particularly by the International Red Cross, and she conveyed that she is working toward that end".
Suu Kyi has been a target of criticism from fellow Nobel laureates and religious leaders across the world for failing to condemn human rights abuses against the Rohingya during the military's fierce response to the militants' attacks.
On Thursday, the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, who has always been at the forefront of USA policy toward Myanmar, came to Suu Kyi's defense. "Attacking the single political leader who has worked to further democracy within Burma is likely to hinder that objective in the long run".