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Motegi holds virtual meeting with five Mekong states 

  • August 7, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri, Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi held an online meeting on Friday with his counterparts from the five Southeast Asian countries situated along the Mekong River—Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam. Yomiuri wrote that Motegi strongly urged the junta in Myanmar to swiftly return the nation to a democratic system during the meeting, which a military-appointed representative of Myanmar attended. Expressing the view that ASEAN’s initiative to implement its five-point consensus on how to deal with the situation in Myanmar will be the first step toward ending the violence and launching dialogue, Motegi urged the Myanmar junta to accept an envoy appointed by ASEAN. Mainichi wrote that Motegi criticized the decision made by the military-controlled election committee to nullify the results of last year’s general election in which the pro-democracy party led by Aung San Suu Kyi won an overwhelming victory.

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