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Myanmar rejects Asean decision to exclude junta leader from summit

  • Published at 08:58 pm October 22nd, 2021
Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar'
Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivers his speech at the IX Moscow conference on international security in Moscow on June 23, 2021 Reuters

On October 15, the junta leader was sidelined from attending the bloc's next summit  

Myanmar's military government said on Friday it rejected a decision by its neighbours to invite only a non-political representative to an upcoming regional summit, in what was an unprecedented snub to the leader of a February 1 coup.

The junta's Foreign Ministry said in a press release that heads of state or government of Myanmar enjoyed equal and full rights to participate in summits of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

The next summit is due to take place on October 26-28.


Also Read - Asean excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in unprecedented move


The decision taken by Asean foreign ministers at an emergency meeting last Friday was an unusually bold step for the consensus-driven bloc, which traditionally favours a policy of engagement and non-interference.

The junta said after the meeting that the decision went against Asean's longtime central principle of consensus.

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