Myanmar military chief makes first foreign trip since coup

Military chief makes first foreign trip since coup
The general (left) is in Jakarta for a regional summit that is expected to focus on Myanmar. source: INDONESIAN PRESIDENCY
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Daily US Times: Myanmar’s military chief is set to meet international leaders on his first known trip to abroad since the military took power in a coup on 1 February.

General Min Aung Hlaing is to attend a summit of the South East Asian regional body Asean in Indonesian Capital Jakarta.

The military took the country’s power after claiming there had been voter fraud in the 2020 general election.

More than 700 people have been killed in protests against the military government since they staged the coup.

The talks in Jakarta will be the first international effort to address the crisis in Myanmar. Leaders and foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) will take part in the summit.

Activists have called for demonstrations in Indonesia’s capital to coincide with the general’s appearance there.

President of the Philippines and Thailand’s prime minister have said they would only send their foreign ministers.

The bloc’s other members include Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore Cambodia, host Indonesia and Myanmar itself.

There have been calls for Myanmar to be expelled from Asean but the members historically do not get involved in each other’s internal affairs.

António Guterres, The United Nation’s Secretary-General, has called for the Asean summit to resolve the Myanmar crisis and prevent “possible grave humanitarian implications beyond Myanmar’s borders,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The United Nation’s special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will be in Jakarta for meetings on the sidelines of the summit.

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