Sri Lanka extends invitation to Myanmar’s junta

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin arrives to address attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

The Foreign Minister of Myanmar’s junta has been invited to a regional meeting next month by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardana. Myanmar’s Junta has not been formally recognized internationally.

Colombo’s invitation is viewed as an endorsement of the junta by some while some others view it as Sri Lanka fulfilling its obligations to a regional Neighbour.

Wunna Maung Lwin, the junta’s newly appointed foreign minister has been invited to join a virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand under the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) which is to be held on the first of April.

Several Myanmar activists shouted out angrily against the government of Sri Lanka on Social Media.

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