PHNOM PENH: Myanmar‘s junta leader has not been invited to a regional summit next month, host Cambodia said on Wednesday, in a fresh diplomatic snub for the isolated military regime.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has led diplomatic efforts to resolve the turmoil that has gripped Myanmar since the military seized power on Feb. 1, 2021, and ousted the elected government of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

But there has been little progress on a “five-point consensus” agreed upon with the junta, and its leader and ministers have been shut out of recent meetings of the 10-member regional bloc.


Besides Cambodia and Myanmar, other Asean members are Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Linking the invitation to “progress in the implementation of the five-point consensus,” a Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the junta had been invited to “nominate a nonpolitical representative for the upcoming Asean summits.”


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