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Myanmar absent as South-East Asian leaders meet for annual summit

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South-East Asian leaders met online for an annual summit on Tuesday but Myanmar refused to be represented. The chief of the country’s military junta was barred from attending the meeting due to failure to take steps to restore democracy after the February 1 coup. At their meeting earlier this month, foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to exclude Myanmar’s military ruler, Min Aung Hlaing, from the summit and opted to invite a non-political representative from the country. “[As] of the commencement of the summit, there was no Myanmar representative at…

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