Jakarta (ANTARA) - In their first physical meeting since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, ASEAN leaders and representatives gathered in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday to discuss solutions for the Myanmar crisis.

Myanmar’s military junta chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, also took part in the ASEAN Leaders Meeting (ALM), which took place at Jakarta’s ASEAN Secretariat.

The leaders attended the meeting, initiated by Indonesia, at the invitation of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, the chair of ASEAN.

ASEAN leaders who took part in the meeting included Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Vietnamese Prime Minister Phm Minh Chính, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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Three nations of the 10-member ASEAN were represented by their foreign ministers at the meeting — Philippines (Foreign Minister Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.), Thailand (Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai), and Laos (Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith).

This year’s ALM has been divided into three segments — ASEAN community development, ASEAN external relations, and regional and international issues.

At the meeting, ASEAN leaders are expected to reach an agreement on the best steps to help Myanmar out of its current volatile situation.

Ahead of the meeting, ASEAN leaders and representatives had voiced the same determination to share their views for the benefit of the people of Myanmar.


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Translator: Desca Lidya N/Suharto
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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