Indonesia, Malaysia call for ASEAN meeting to discuss Myanmar coup

Sun Online Desk

5th February, 2021 03:15:30 printer

Indonesia, Malaysia call for ASEAN meeting to discuss Myanmar coup

The leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday said they were seeking a special meeting of foreign ministers from ASEAN to discuss the situation in Myanmar, where an elected government was overthrown in a military coup earlier this week.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin made the announcement at a joint press conference in Jakarta, where the latter was on a one-day official visit.

The leaders said that rule of law, good governance, respect for constitutional governance, democracy and human rights had to be respected in Myanmar, where the military on Monday wrested back power from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which had decisively won the November general election.

The coup attracted widespread global condemnation, with the United Nations describing it as a “serious blow to democratic reform” and newly-minted US President Joe Biden threatening to reinstate sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation.

However, ASEAN neighbours such as the Philippines and Thailand described the matter as an internal affair.


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