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Myanmar Crisis

Cambodian PM becomes 1st leader to meet Myanmar military chief

At odds with ASEAN approach, Hun Sen's trip sparks furious response from critics

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing pose for photos in Naypyidaw on Jan. 7.    © AFP/JIji

PHNOM PENH/YANGON -- Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday became the first foreign leader to visit Myanmar and meet the regime's leader, Min Aung Hlaing, since the military overthrew the country's elected government in February last year.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations in a 140-minute meeting in the capital of Naypyidaw, according to Myanmar military spokesperson Zaw Min Tun. They agreed that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' special envoy -- Cambodia holds the rotating ASEAN chair this year -- could be involved in the Myanmar peace process.

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