US official calls for more Asean engagement with Myanmar's shadow government

Myanmar Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attending a ceremony to mark the country's 77th Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw on March 27, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - The United States is committed to engaging with Myanmar's shadow government, the National Unity Government (NUG), and encourages Asean countries to engage publicly with it as well, a senior US official said ahead of a diplomatic tour of South-east Asia this week.

The NUG represents Myanmar's civilian government, which was ousted in last year's military coup, and several of its senior members have met Biden administration officials over the past year. But the US has stopped short of granting it formal diplomatic recognition, despite calls by activists and some lawmakers.

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