Myanmar foreign minister in Thailand for talks with Prayut, Don


Myanmar’s foreign minister arrived in Thailand on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, according to a Thai government source.

Wunn Maung Lwin, foreign minister for the new military government, talked with Prayut and Don for around an hour at a lounge inside the Wing 6 Royal Thai Air Force base at Don Mueang in Bangkok.

The focus of the talks was political problems and protests in Myanmar that have caused concern among fellow member-countries of Asean, said the government source.

Myanmar has been engulfed in nationwide protests against the new military regime after it ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on February 1. The new military government appointed Wunn Maung Lwin to replace Suu Kyi as foreign minister.

So far, at least three protesters have been killed in the crackdown on daily demonstrations. The Thai government has called the situation Myanmar’s internal affair, but pressure is mounting on Asean to step in and help resolve the crisis.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi also arrived in Thailand this morning for three-way talks with his Thai and Myanmar counterparts. Indonesia is pushing for an emergency meeting of Asean foreign ministers to discuss the Myanmar crisis.