Japan praises Cambodian PM Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar as bringing 'progress'

12/1/2022 10:15:00 AM

Japan praises Cambodian PM Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar as bringing 'progress'

which was the first by a foreign leader since the military coup in February.In a phone call with his counterpart Prak Sokhonn on Tuesday (Jan 11), Mr Hayashi said he remained concerned aboutviolence in Myanmar,and welcomed Cambodia's positive efforts to resolve the situation, according to an emailed statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Mr Hun Sen's trip resulted in progress toward a ceasefire with ethnic minority groups and enabling humanitarian support, Mr Hayashi added.While Japan has called on the junta to stop the violence and restore democracy, it wants to remain close to Myanmar as part of a strategy of countering China's influence there and also to protect significant investments in industries ranging from consumer goods to banking.

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In a phone call with his counterpart Prak Sokhonn on Tuesday (Jan 11), Mr Hayashi said he remained concerned about violence in Myanmar, and welcomed Cambodia's positive efforts to resolve the situation, according to an emailed statement from the Foreign Ministry. Mr Hun Sen's trip resulted in progress toward a ceasefire with ethnic minority groups and enabling humanitarian support, Mr Hayashi added. The rules, which in some cases have kept families apart, have sparked protests and a petition drive calling for change, and media reports on Tuesday said the government was considering easing some of the rules in exceptional cases. While Japan has called on the junta to stop the violence and restore democracy, it wants to remain close to Myanmar as part of a strategy of countering China's influence there and also to protect significant investments in industries ranging from consumer goods to banking. 1, also showed more households expect prices to rise five years from now compared with the previous survey in September. Military ties between Japan and Myanmar have remained strong. "We'll maintain the current framework of measures until the end of February for the time being, while taking necessary measures from the perspective of humanitarian and national interests. Japan's support of Cambodia's growing engagement with the junta since it assumed the rotating chair of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) signals that some US allies were uneasy with shutting out Myanmar for fear this would draw the country closer to China.reuters.

Mr Hun Sen's two-day visit drew widespread criticism that it would legitimise the rule of the junta, which has been engaged in intensifying battles with armed groups. Still, he said the country would start vaccinating children under age 12 for the coronavirus.8per cent, up from 68. The strongman, who has ruled Cambodia for 36 years after a bloody civil war, has said his visit aimed to help put an end to the violence in Myanmar. Mr Hun Sen didn't get to meet deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been so far sentenced to jail for six years for inciting dissent against the military and other associated charges with more court verdicts expected. Though entrance to Japan is currently limited to citizens and permanent residents, even they face strict testing and quarantine rules. Instead, he shared his"win-win policy" on achieving peace with junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing who agreed to allow a special Asean envoy to visit the country, Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said.8per cent said they expect prices to rise five years from now, up from 78. Cambodia needs to press for a five-point consensus agreed between Myanmar and Asean last year as well as a"meaningful" visit with the special envoy to meet all parties concerned, the US Embassy in Myanmar said in a written response to a question about the visit.S. "Since the announcement Balmuda has conspicuously lost its way.

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"Japan intends to provide strong support to Cambodia to make it successful as the chair of Asean," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper. Join .