Bill Richardson quits Rohingya panel, calls it a 'whitewash'

A former top US diplomat has quit an international advisory panel tackling the Rohingya crisis, saying it's a "whitewash".

Bill Richardson was once considered a close friend of Aung San Suu Kyi.

But he has dismissed the panel as a "cheerleading operation" for Myanmar’s leader and accused her of lacking moral leadership.

Myanmar says it was saddened by his departure.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

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(Source: Al Jazeera English,