Widodo urges ASEAN meeting on Myanmar

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for democracy to be restored and violence to be halted in Myanmar and for Southeast Asian leaders to hold a high-level meeting to discuss the situation there.

"I will immediately call the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam as head of ASEAN to as soon as possible hold a high-level ASEAN meeting to discuss the crisis in Myanmar," he said in a virtual address on Friday.

Brunei is currently chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The military took over in Myanmar in a February 1 coup, detaining elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and responding violently to mass protests, with at least 224 people killed in weeks of unrest.