Philippines calls for release of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, return to previous state of affairs

March 3, 2021 - 10:09 AM
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Myanmar protesters residing in Japan stand on pictures of Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing as they rally against the country's military after it seized power from a democratically elected civilian government and arrested its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, shown in the portrait, at United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan February 1, 2021. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

MANILA — The Philippines‘ foreign minister on Tuesday called for the release of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi following a coup that has resulted in weeks of protests in the Southeast Asian nation.

“Our call is for the complete return to the previously existing state of affairs,” Philippines‘ Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said in a statement following an informal meeting between Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers. —Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema Editing by Ed Davies