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Pandemic-era whirlwind diplomacy moves needle in ASEAN

Dian Septiari The Jakarta Post Fri, February 26, 2021

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi talks with U Wunna Maung Lwin (right), whom the Myanmar military regime has appointed foreign minister, in a three-way meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai (center) at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

JAKARTA – As the world followed the developments in post-coup Myanmar on Wednesday, a picture of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi speaking to a representative of the junta surfaced.

Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai sat between them in what appeared to be a lounge area at Asia’s oldest operating airport, Don Mueang International, located on the outskirts of Bangkok.

The meeting was a last-minute amendment to Retno’s whirlwind shuttle diplomacy tour, after the cancellation of her flight to Myanmar, which was supposed to be the last leg of her trip.

On Feb. 1, Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, seized power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government just before the country’s parliament was set to convene for the first time.

Retno soon took the lead in the ASEAN response to the crisis, beginning with a series of visits.
SOURCE: The Jakarta Post, Indonesia Fri, February 26, 2021

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