Myanmar junta replaces envoy to Britain who broke ranks

NAYPYITAW, 25 July 2021, (TON): Two people familiar with the matter said that Myanmar has selected a new representative to the United Kingdom, replacing the ambassador who was ousted from the embassy in a dramatic standoff after breaking ranks with the military over its Feb 1 coup.

One of the sources said “the junta's new pick has applied for a visa to travel to Britain and is currently in Myanmar. Both sources requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.”

The Myanmar Accountability Project, a UK-based rights group, said “the appointee for the London job was Htun Aung Kyaw, who served as a fighter pilot during a long army career.

One of the sources also said “Htun Aung Kyaw was Myanmar's new pick, but Reuters could not further verify that information”.

The British foreign ministry declined to comment on the new representative.

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