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Myanmar Crisis

Malaysia says Hun Sen's Myanmar visit did no good

Cambodian leader should have consulted ASEAN leaders: foreign minister

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, with Myanmar State Administration Council Chairman Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyitaw on Jan. 7. His visit has provoked an angry backlash among critics, who say he is legitimizing the army's seizure of power. (An Khoun SamAun/National Television of Cambodia via AP)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar should have been avoided, Malaysia's top diplomat said Thursday, noting that it did no good to ongoing mediation efforts between ASEAN and the military government.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Hun Sen should have consulted other ASEAN leaders before embarking on the visit especially when Cambodia's position as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations would paint the wrong picture that the pact is recognizing the military regime, which ousted the country's elected government in February last year.

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