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Saturday, April 24, 2021, 15:52
ASEAN leaders meet on Myanmar
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Saturday, April 24, 2021, 15:52 By Xinhua

In this photo released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace, ASEAN leaders attend a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24, 2021. (AGUS SUPARTO/INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE VIA AP)

JAKARTA - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is holding a leaders' meeting in Jakarta on Saturday to discuss the ongoing situation in Myanmar.

The meeting is participated by leaders of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and chair of the country's newly formed State Administration Council Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

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Foreign ministers of Laos, Thailand and the Philippines attend the meeting as representatives.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Friday evening that it would be the first in-person meeting of ASEAN leaders since the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shows the leaders' concern about the situation in Myanmar

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told a press conference on Friday evening that it would be the first in person meeting of ASEAN leaders since the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shows the leaders' concern about the situation in Myanmar.

"The commitment of leaders to meet physically is a reflection of a deep concern about the situation in Myanmar and ASEAN's determination to help Myanmar get out of this delicate situation," she said.

The one-day closed-door meeting is a follow-up to Indonesian President Joko Widodo's talks with Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah as chair of ASEAN, she said.

Around 4,400 police personnel have been deployed at 51 points across the Indonesian capital to secure the meeting. Roads around the ASEAN Secretariat where the meeting is held are temporarily closed.

The meeting, Retno added, would be carried out by implementing maximum health protocols.

ASEAN said in a chair's statement released at the informal ASEAN ministerial meeting on March 2 this year that the regional organization was ready to assist Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner.

Established in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

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