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ASEAN chair Brunei confirms junta leader not invited to summit

/ 01:26 PM October 16, 2021
Flags are seen outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat building, ahead of the ASEAN leaders' meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/File Photo

Flags are seen outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat building, ahead of the ASEAN leaders’ meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 23, 2021. (REUTERS/File Photo)

KUALA LUMPUR  – Brunei said on Saturday a non-political representative from Myanmar will be invited to an upcoming summit of leaders from Southeast Asian countries this month, effectively sidelining the leader of a military junta that seized power earlier this year.

Brunei, the current chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian nations, said the decision was made after no consensus was reached at during a meeting of the bloc on Friday for a Myanmar political representative to attend the summit later in October.

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Sources told Reuters after the meeting that the bloc had decided to sideline Myanmar’s junta chief from the summit, following the failure of the country’s ruling military to adhere to a peace roadmap it had agreed to with ASEAN.

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