Thai foreign minister met Myanmar's imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

PanOrient News
YANGON, Myanmar: Don Pramudwinai, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, met Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on July 9, a reliable source has told PanOrient News.

The meeting, which has not been announced officially, came just one day before an ASEAN meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Aung San Suu Kyi held multiple governmental posts in Myanmar from 2016, including that of state counselor, which essentially for a time made her the de facto leader of the country. She was arrested in February 2021 when the military seized power and sent her to prison.

According to the sources, Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed in the meeting that she neither recognizes nor supports the People's Defence Forces (PDF) or the National Unity Government (NUG) accused by the government of Myanmar of “terrorism and the killing of innocent people,” and of being “supported by Western countries.”

Myanmar is high on the agenda of the current ASEAN meetings hosted by Indonisia.

It is not yet clear what impact Aung San Suu Kyi’s reported meeting with minister Don Pramudwinai may have or if it may mean significant progress to a resolution of Myanmar's problems.

Thailand hosted “informal" peace talks in June attended by Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Than Swe along with representatives from Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, India and China to find ways to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

“We share a common border of more than 2,000 kilometers with Myanmar,” Thai Foreign Minister, Pramudwinai reportedly said after that meeting. “If we allow the crisis to escalate, Thailand will be most affected. No other countries in ASEAN care about finding ways to end the crisis as much as Thailand.”

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