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‘To do nothing is not an option’: Indonesian foreign minister defends meeting junta

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 24, 2021   /  10:39 pm
‘To do nothing is not an option’: Indonesian foreign minister defends meeting junta Then-Myanmar foreign minister U Wunna Maung Lwin (right) looks on during a visit to the Indian Foreign Services Institute in New Delhi on July 15, 2015. The former top diplomat, who has been reappointed to represent the coup government, met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Agence France Presse/Money Sharma)

Indonesia’s top diplomat has defended the inevitability of keeping all channels of communication open in seeking solutions to the political crisis that has split Myanmar, insisting that it is an important step to ensure the “wishes of the people” are heard by the junta that seized power earlier this month. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi met with U Wunna Maung Lwin, the Myanmar coup government’s appointed foreign minister, in a three-way meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok on Wednesday, as confidence in a regional solution dimmed. Speaking to the media upon her return, Retno said Indonesia intended to keep communication lines open with all parties in Myanmar, including the Myanmar armed forces and the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), which represents ousted members of parliament. “In ...

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