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Myanmar military objects to Aung-Abdullah meeting in U.S. capital

Khalid Umar Malik
22 May 2022, 17:27 GMT+10

YANGON, Myanmar - A junta spokesperson said in a press conference on Thursday that Myanmar's military council objected to a meeting last week between personnel from the Malaysian government and the National Unity Government (NUG).

Malaysia's foreign minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, met with Zin Mar Aung on May 14, who holds the same position within the NUG-a cabinet formed and endorsed by elected lawmakers deposed in the February 2021 coup.

They discussed humanitarian aid and establishing a direct relationship between Malaysia and the NUG.

The informal meeting took place in Washington DC just days after the ASEAN-US Special Summit concluded in the American capital. Myanmar's junta is barred from attending such events and, more than a year after staging the coup has received little international recognition.

During Thursday's press conference, the military council's deputy minister of information, Gen Zaw Min Tun, repeatedly referred to the NUG as a "terrorist organization" and suggested that collaboration with the administration amounted to "abetting terrorism."

"We strongly oppose such actions," he stated.

According to the general, the junta sent a letter to Malaysia's ministry of foreign affairs warning government and parliament members not to participate in such a meeting again, and officials at Malaysia's embassy in Yangon received the same message.

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