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Jokowi's call for Asean meeting on Myanmar a surprise, bold move

President Joko Widodo urged that violence be halted and democracy, peace and stability be restored in Myanmar.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Indonesian President Joko Widodo's recent call for a high-level meeting in Asean to discuss the Myanmar crisis was a bold move and unusual for a leader who tends to shy away from foreign policy, analysts say.

"This is quite a strong statement (from the president), especially considering Asean's usual 'quiet' and non-interference approach," Dr Deasy Simandjuntak, associate fellow at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, told The Straits Times.

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