May 11, 2022

U.S. wants ASEAN leaders to play bigger role in Myanmar diplomacy – official

The United States wants Southeast Asian leaders to play a “more deeply engaged role” in efforts to put Myanmar back on a democratic track after a coup last year, the top U.S. official for Asia said on Wednesday ahead of President Joe Biden’s meeting with leaders from the region this week.


U.S Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell, speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace, said the Biden administration would “encourage greater diplomacy” on Myanmar in meetings with the leaders of ASEAN in Washington on Thursday and Friday.


“The United States is going to continue its active role working with other partners, but we do want ASEAN to play a more deeply engaged role in the critical diplomacy about next steps in Burma,” he added, using the another name for Myanmar.