PM to reiterate Malaysia's stand to end Myanmar violence at Asean meet, says Hisham

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia remains firm in its stand that the violence in Myanmar must end and that all political detainees in the country are released immediately, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would be attending a regional leaders meeting at the Asean secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 24.

"We will reiterate Malaysia's stance on the Myanmar situation – that the violence in the country must cease immediately.

"Secondly, all political leaders in Myanmar must be released immediately.

"Thirdly, Myanmar must agree to receive representatives from the Asean chair, which is Brunei or from the Asean secretariat, to help the country return to normalcy," said Hishammuddin to reporters at a breaking of fast event at Wisma Putra here Tuesday (April 20).

The Asean leaders meeting in Jakarta will be chaired by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as the 2021 Asean chair.

The meeting will be the first to be held physically since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hishammuddin said Muhyiddin had received a special invitation letter from Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on April 17 to the meeting.

"The Prime Minister formally responded to the letter on April 19 that he will be attending the meeting.

"Min (Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing) will be attending the meeting and coincidentally, will be sitting next to us.

"But our stance and principles on the issue remain firm and consistent," said Hishammuddin.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said he will also be receiving a phone call from United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres Tuesday night.

"I believe our phone conversation will touch on the Myanmar situation and I will also reiterate Malaysia's stance to Guterres," he said.

Myanmar has been in crisis since a Feb 1 military coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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