On October 15, the junta leader was sidelined from attending the bloc’s next summit
Myanmar’s military government said on Friday it rejected a decision by its neighbours to invite only a non-political representative to an upcoming regional summit, in what was an unprecedented snub to the leader of a February 1 coup.
The junta’s Foreign Ministry said in a press release that heads of state or government of Myanmar enjoyed equal and full rights to participate in summits of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
The next summit is due to take place on October 26-28.
The decision taken by Asean foreign ministers at an emergency meeting last Friday was an unusually bold step for the consensus-driven bloc, which traditionally favours a policy of engagement and non-interference.
The junta said after the meeting that the decision went against Asean’s longtime central principle of consensus.