The information ministry confirmed in a press release that the navy rescued 208 Bangladeshis off the western Myanmarese coast of Rakhine on Thursday night and Friday morning, as reported by the Democratic Voice of Burma news portal.

The migrants' boat was of Thai origin and set sail from Bangladesh, accompanied by a smaller supply boat; upon discovery, it was escorted to land and its occupants were provided with shelter and humanitarian aid.

The rescue operation coincided with Vice President Nyan Tun's statement at a conference that Myanmar would comply with its international obligations regarding illegal migrants.

The same day, Myanmar's President Thein Sein received US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, who visited the capital Nay Pyi Taw to discuss the country's plan for tackling the migration crisis in Southeast Asia.

A significant number of migrants are Rohingyas, an ethnic Muslim minority considered foreigners by both Myanmar and Bangladesh, who have been trying to escape ill-treatment and discrimination since sectarian violence began in 2012.

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