Cambodia PM to be first foreign head to visit Myanmar after coup

Bangkok, Dec 7 (EFE).- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Tuesday said he would travel to Myanmar next month, becoming the first foreign head of state to visit the country since the army coup earlier this year and marking the first diplomatic win for the beleaguered military dictators.

Hun Sen confirmed the trip on his Facebook page after a meeting in Phnom Penh with Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, who conveyed a formal invitation from the head of the military junta, Min Aung Hlaing.

The meeting and the announcement of the visit came a day after a Myanmar court sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison, drawing strong condemnation from the international community.

In 2022, Cambodia will assume the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (Asean), of which Myanmar is a part.

Min Aung Hlaing was not invited to the Asean summit in October due to internal divisions among the members of the regional bloc.

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