Malaysia calls for immediate release of the political leader detained in Myanmar

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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be attending the ASEAN Leaders Meeting held in ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia on April 24, 2021.

The meeting will be headed by ASEAN Chairman 2021, the Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said, this is the first ASEAN Leaders Meeting to be held face-to face since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020.

“The Prime Minister had received a special invitation from His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on 17th April 2021 and had agreed to attend the meeting,” the statement said.

The statement added, the leaders of ASEAN are expected to discuss on the current situation in Myanmar besides the regional and international issues that are of common interests.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, he will be in Jakarta this Thursday to meet the Foreign Minister II of Brunei, Dato’Seri Setia Erywan and PYT Retno Marsudi, Indonesian Foreign Minister.

“On Friday, 10 ASEAN Foreign Ministers will be having face to face meeting before the ASEAN Leaders Meeting resumes on Saturday.

“Subsequently I will be receiving a telephone call from the General Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres tonite. I believe our discussion will touch on the current situation in Myanmar besides the cooperation between UN and Malaysia,” Hishammuddin said.

Regarding the situation in Myanmar, Hishammuddin highlighted that the Prime Minister will repeat Malaysia’s stern and consistent stand in the meeting held at the end of this week that is in line with his statement on 19th March 2021.

The statement calls for the immediate release without condition the political leader detained in Myanmar, avoid using violence on unarmed civilians, give space to peaceful gathering and freedom of speech, return to negotiation table to resolve political crisis and avoid tension to accelerate, access to humanitarian aids for the health and prosperity of the people of Myanmar and to allow the Rohingyas to return to Rakhina Territory in a peaceful, voluntarily and with pride. –Malaysia World News

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