New Zealand announced the suspension of all high-level contacts with Myanmar and imposed a travel ban on the Southeast Asian nation’s military leaders after the coup.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern released the statement today (February 9), according to Reuters news agency.
|New Zealand Prime Minister, Ms. Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Reuters|
New Zealand will also ensure all its aid programs do not include projects that Myanmar’s military government can benefit, said Ardern.
“Our strong message is to do whatever we can from New Zealand and one of the things we will do is stop high-level dialogue … and make sure every fund we pour into Myanmar. are not beneficial to the military government in any way, “declared the female Prime Minister.
She said New Zealand’s aid program was worth about 42 million dollars in the country, or 30 million dollars, in the period of 2018-2021.
In a separate statement, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta declared New Zealand does not recognize the legality of the military government in Myanmar. She urged the country’s generals to release detained political leaders and restore civilian leadership.
Foreign Minister Mahuta said the New Zealand government had unanimously agreed to enforce a travel ban, to be formally announced next week, against military leaders in Myanmar.
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