The Catholic leader referred to the junta’s recent massacre of schoolchildren in Depayin, urging that their ‘cries not go unheard’.
Saifuddin Abdullah hosted National Unity Government Deputy Foreign Minister U Moe Zaw Oo, Ambassador to the UN Kyaw Moe Tun and other officials in New York.
The regime is trying to ensure overseas workers send money home via official channels to boost its foreign currency reserves.
Other Asian countries, keen to boost post-coronavirus growth, are recruiting from Myanmar’s younger population as people flee military rule.
Saifuddin Abdullah said it was of the ‘utmost importance’ that ASEAN members support Myanmar's people and engage with the shadow government and other opposition groups.
UN Special Rapporteur says Myanmar people can’t take another year of inaction from ASEAN.
ASEAN should lead the way on resolving the Myanmar crisis and the US should use its position as a global leader to back its efforts.
Defying junta warnings, Saifuddin Abdullah met Daw Zin Mar Aung in Washington, becoming the first minister from ASEAN to engage with the parallel government.
The regime dismissed the Malaysian foreign minister’s proposal that the regional bloc establish informal ties with the National Unity Govt as ‘reckless’.
Current ASEAN chair Hun Sen’s meeting with Malaysian PM Ismail in Phnom Penh follows Kuala Lumpur’s criticism of the Cambodian leader’s visit to Naypyitaw last month.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Jakarta, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur with State Department Counselor Derek Chollet, who will also visit ASEAN chair Cambodia.
Calls have emerged from within ASEAN to shun Myanmar, but such a move would harm the regional grouping’s members in the long run.
If junta chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing is welcomed at ASEAN’s summit in Brunei this month, the regional bloc will be declaring itself morally bankrupt once and for all.
With the junta refusing to cooperate with ASEAN, Malaysia’s foreign minister says his country is considering holding talks with the National Unity Government.