Myanmar’s junta has the right to join Asean summits, says Cambodian leader Hun Sen


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday (December 6) that he planned to visit Myanmar for discussions with the country’s military authorities and that junta leaders should be invited to ASEAN summits (ASEAN). The military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing was not invited to the annual summit of group leaders in October held by Brunei after members failed to agree, putting Myanmar’s status as a member of the 10-country ASEAN in the limelight.
Mr. Hun Sen, on the other hand, stated on Monday that while Cambodia would host the regional bloc for the next year, all ten members will be represented. He remarked during an inauguration ceremony for a Chinese-funded building project, “It’s a family member of Asean, they must have the rights to attend meetings.”
Mr. Hun Sen indicated in his speech that he would likely visit Myanmar shortly after Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister visits Cambodia on Tuesday.
“There’s a good chance I’ll travel to Naypyidaw to meet General Min Aung Hlaing and collaborate with him. Who can I work with if I can’t work with the leadership?” Hun Sen stated.
“Under the Asean charter, no one has the authority to remove another member,” Mr. Hun Sen underlined, referring to Asean’s long-standing tradition of not intervening in each other’s domestic affairs. Myanmar has been in turmoil since General Min Aung Hlaing deposed Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian administration on February 1.


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