Thai foreign minister claims to have met Suu Kyi of Myanmar

The first foreign official to get access to the Nobel laureate since her incarceration by the military two years ago was Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, who said on Wednesday that he had visited with Aung San Suu Kyi, the incarcerated former leader of Myanmar.
The well-known pro-democracy activist is facing 33 years in prison as a result of numerous convictions. She is being kept in a prison annex in the nation’s capital, Naypyitaw, and visitors, including those from her legal team, have been turned away.

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Suu Kyi is claimed to be in good health and to advocate dialogue as a means of resolving the issue in Myanmar, which has been engulfed in political and social instability since a military coup in 2021, according to Don.

“(The meeting) is an approach of the friends of Myanmar, who would like to see a peaceful settlement,” Don told reporters outside a gathering of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Jakarta.

He noted that the goal of seeing Suu Kyi was consistent with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) strategy to bring about peace in the violent nation.

A representative for Thailand’s foreign ministry, Kanchana Patarachoke, told reporters that the private discussion took place on Sunday and lasted for more than an hour.

She was in excellent physical and mental health. She said, “(Don) briefed ASEAN on the pullback this morning.

The military cannot be talked to informally by Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government, which is made up of supporters of the overthrown government, until all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have been freed.

The only formal diplomatic strategy for bringing about peace in Myanmar is the so-called ASEAN five-point consensus, but anger within the association is rising about the lack of development in the peace plan.

Last month, Don raised eyebrows by inviting ASEAN counterparts to a meeting intended to re-engage with Myanmar’s military authorities, who had been excluded from the bloc’s high-level meetings due to its failure to uphold the five-point deal. Most ASEAN participants avoided that gathering.

In proceedings that were widely regarded as a sham, the 78-year-old Suu Kyi was found guilty of more than a dozen offenses, ranging from inciting and election fraud to corruption and violations of a state secrets statute.

She has criticized the accusations and is taking the convictions to the Supreme Court on appeal.

The junta has received widespread criticism for its harsh crackdown on rivals like Suu Kyi.

Foreign ministers called for regional cooperation to confront the escalating crisis in Myanmar at the ASEAN conference on Wednesday.