President to contact ASEAN chair over meeting on Myanmar crisis

President to contact ASEAN chair over meeting on Myanmar crisis

President Joko Widodo. ANTARA/HO-YouTube Sekretariat Presiden

Public safety and welfare must be the main priority.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo will shortly contact Hassanal Bolkiah, the ASEAN 2021 chair, to discuss the possibility of holding the ASEAN leaders meeting in pursuit of a solution to the Myanmar crisis.

"I will soon hold talks with the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, as the ASEAN chair, to look into the possibility of holding an ASEAN leaders meeting to discuss the crisis in Myanmar," the president noted in a statement from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java on Friday.

Widodo sought a prompt reconciliation dialog to restore democracy, peace, and stability in Myanmar.

"Public safety and welfare must be the main priority," the head of state remarked.

The Indonesian government also called to promptly end the violence in Myanmar that had inflicted sufferings on the people at large.

"On behalf of myself and the entire Indonesian nation, I extend deep condolences and sympathy to the victims and their relatives due to the use of violence in Myanmar," he stated.

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Myanmar has been engulfed by the crisis since the military (Tatmadaw) seized power in a coup on February 1, 2021.

Tatmadaw took power after detaining several civil government officials, including President Myanmar Win Myint and several senior members of the ruling-party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Tatmadaw stated that the power of the Myanmar government had been handed over to Myanmar Military Chief General Min Aung Hlaing.

A string of demonstrations have since then been held in Myanmar to protest against the military coup and took a violent turn that resulted in civilian deaths. (INE)

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