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Back-door diplomacy ‘underway’ as ASEAN seeks inroads into post-coup Myanmar

 Dian Septiari The Jakarta Post Mon, February 15, 2021

ASEAN members like Indonesia have been working the diplomatic channels to set up a special ASEAN ministerial meeting to avert one of the biggest political crises in the region, as civil disobedience continues in Myanmar two weeks after its government was ousted by a military coup.

“Diplomatic efforts are still underway” at various levels, said Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah in cautious discussions with The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Faizasyah’s statement follows up on suggestions from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, made during their first official bilateral meeting in Jakarta earlier this month.

The two leaders represent some of Southeast Asia’s biggest democracies, on whom the international community has pinned its hopes to respond to political repercussions from the coup.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post, Indonesia Mon, February 15, 2021

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