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Myanmar Crisis

International Red Cross head meets Myanmar junta chief in Naypyitaw

Maurer, first Western official to visit post-coup, calls for humanitarian access

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has allowed Red Cross head Peter Maurer to visit and meet with him. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images)

BANGKOK -- The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer has met Min Aung Hlaing, chief of Myanmar's junta, in the first visit by a senior Western official to the capital, Naypyitaw, since the Feb. 1 coup.

In talks on Thursday with the junta chief, Maurer made two key requests -- to resume prison visits by ICRC teams and to gain more humanitarian access to conflict areas in Myanmar.

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