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Myanmar Foreign Minister in Bangkok to Meet Indonesian Counterpart

By The Irrawaddy Wed, February 24, 2021

Anti-coup protesters stage a sit-in protest in front of the Indonesian Embassy on Wednesday, demanding Jakarta stop backing the military’s plan to hold a new election. / The Irrawaddy

Myanmar military regime-appointed Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin flew to Bangkok to meet Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Wednesday, after the latter abruptly canceled her planned trip to Myanmar.

Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai was due to receive the Myanmar foreign minister.

Retno planned to hold talks with Myanmar’s military leaders, who earlier this month staged a coup against the elected National League for Democracy-led government.

Indonesia faced condemnation from Myanmar people after reports emerged that it had been pushing other ASEAN nations to agree to an action plan that included keeping the military to its promise to hold a “fair and inclusive” new election.

“After taking into account the current development and the input of other ASEAN countries, this is not the ideal time to conduct a visit to Myanmar,” an Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman told a news briefing.

Myanmar is a member of ASEAN; several of the bloc’s members including Indonesia have expressed concern over the coup.

On Tuesday afternoon, U Wunna Maung Lwin and Don Pramudwinai held discussions via videoconference, according to Myanmar state media.

They focused on “further intensifying collaboration in regional and multilateral arenas,” particularly within the ASEAN framework on the basis of ASEAN solidarity and unity, reported the Global New Light of Myanmar.

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SOURCE: THE IRRAWADDY, MYANMAR Wed, February 24, 2021

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