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US invites ‘non-political’ Myanmar representative to attend summit with ASEAN

FILE PHOTO: A worker edits the ASEAN flag at the assembly hall in Kuala Lumpur
FILE PHOTO: A worker edits the ASEAN flag at the meeting hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 28, 2021. REUTERS / Lim Huey Teng / File Photo

March 3, 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it would follow the lead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by inviting a non-political representative from military-ruled Myanmar to a conference. summit with the 10-nation bloc in Washington. month.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a special summit between the United States and ASEAN leaders on March 28 and 29.

“The United States supports ASEAN’s decision to invite non-political representatives from Burma to ASEAN high-level events,” said a spokesperson for the US State Department using Myanmar’s former name.

“Similarly, we have decided to invite a non-political representative from Burma to the summit. This official said.

The official did not respond when asked who the representative might be.

Late last year, ASEAN banned Myanmar’s ruling government from attending important meetings because the country failed to comply with a plan agreed with the bloc to end the conflict in the country since the generals took power. Hundreds of civilians were killed, more than 300,000 people were displaced and caused. an exodus of foreign companies.

ASEAN has since invited a non-political representative of Myanmar to the meetings, but the authorities have declined, arguing that it is a legitimate body.

ASEAN has not officially recognized the military government, which has been targeted by sanctions from the United States, Britain and the European Union, among others.

The summit at the White House is part of an effort to increase engagement with an area that Washington considers vital to efforts to counter China’s growing power.

The Biden administration has declared the Indo-Pacific and competition with China as the main foreign policy focus it wants to maintain despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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