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Myanmar absent from ASEAN-China dialogue

22/11/2021 02:56 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 -- Myanmar's ambassador to Beijing was invited to represent the country at the ASEAN-China Special Summit on Monday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, but did not show up.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said though the ambassador was not there to represent the country, the invitation extended by China clearly reflected in many ways it respects ASEAN’s position and is willing to come to some kind of understanding. 

 "Even though there was an empty chair today on Myanmar side, but at least there was some kind of consensus (reached) as to who will represent Myanmar," he told a press conference after accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to the special summit held via video conferencing today. 

 This is the second time Myanmar had no representation in ASEAN or related meetings after the country’s junta was snubbed from the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held late October.

The move against the junta was taken as there has been insufficient progress in the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus reached during the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on April 24 to seek reconciliation and restore peace in Myanmar. 

Though a non-political representative from Myanmar was invited, the country’s seat at the summits remained vacant.

The five point consensus are; end the violence, hold constructive talks among “all parties concerned”, ASEAN provides aid to Myanmar, a special ASEAN envoy appointed to conduct talks, and for the envoy allowed to visit to the country.

Myanmar has been going through upheaval since Feb 1 when armed forces chief Min Aung Hlaing ousted an elected government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi with more than 1,000 people reported killed in the following unrest. 

-- BERNAMA


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