Wisma Putra: Envoy's meeting with Myanmar minister not an endorsement of junta

PUTRAJAYA: The recent meeting between the Malaysian ambassador and a Myanmar minister in that country was to convey a Petronas subsidiary’s decision to suspend its upstream activities there, says Wisma Putra.

The Foreign Ministry said the meeting with Myanmar's Minister of Electricity and Energy took place in Naypyidaw on Wednesday (April 7).

“The meeting was held to convey the decision of Petronas Carigali Myanmar (Hong Kong) Limited (PCML), a subsidiary of Petronas, to temporarily suspend the upstream operations of the Yetagun gas project, ” it said in a statement on Thursday (April 8).

Wisma Putra stressed the meeting did not constitute a recognition of the State Administration Council (SAC).

“Malaysia’s position on Myanmar is clear and consistent. We have persistently called for an immediate end to violence and unconditional and immediate release of political detainees.

“We have also called for the resumption of an inclusive dialogue involving all concerned parties for a political transition and peaceful settlement of the ongoing crisis in the interest of Myanmar and her people.

“We will continue our constructive engagements with all concerned parties, ” the statement said.

Malaysia came under criticism after its ambassador to Myanmar, Datuk Zahairi Baharim, met with the junta’s minister Aung Than Oo.

A state of emergency for one year was declared in Myanmar on Feb 1 after Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling National League for Democracy party were detained in an early morning raid.

Malaysia has repeatedly called on Myanmar's ruling junta to change its course and choose a peaceful solution instead of violence against unarmed civilians.

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