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More aid earmarked for Myanmar

AAP logoAAP 1/08/2016

Australia has pledged an extra $12 million in humanitarian assistance to Myanmar to help address the legacy of civil war and natural disasters.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement after meeting with her counterpart and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Australia cut aid to Myanmar by $27.9 million in the 2015-16 federal budget and it's now at $42.1 million a year.

Ms Bishop said the money will support education and livelihood programs for displaced people in Myanmar and along the Thai border.

It will also help protect women and girls, provide access to legal assistance for victims of gender violence and rehabilitation for landmine victims.

The money comes from the existing aid budget allocation.

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