Myanmar leader barred from attending ASEAN summits

New York: Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has not been invited to the upcoming regional summits hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), another major blow to the regime.

Cambodia, which holds the rotating chair of the bloc, said it sent out invitations to all ASEAN member states except Myanmar.

The snub comes after the regime failed to implement the ASEAN peace plan drafted for conflict-torn Myanmar following the February 2021 coup.

The 40th and 41st ASEAN summits are scheduled for next month in Phnom Penh.

Exclusion from the summits is another major diplomatic blow to the junta, which has been desperate for international recognition as the legitimate ruler of the country since its takeover.

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