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French Foreign Minster Jean-Yves Le Drian lauded Singapore’s commitment to respond to the Myanmar crisis and expressed the hope that Singapore, together with other ASEAN countries, will be able to secure Myanmar from the military rule and call for an end to the violence against the demonstrators and return to the democratic transition.

Paris/Singapore, March 10: French Foreign Mnister reiterated that the EU was working on sanctions targeted against those responsible for the Myanmar coup and hoped that the EU and ASEAN would continue to work closely in order to resolve the crisis.

French Foreign Minster Jean-Yves Le Drian lauded Singapore’s commitment to respond to the Myanmar crisis and expressed the hope that Singapore, together with other ASEAN countries, will be able to secure Myanmar from the military rule and call for an end to the violence against the demonstrators and return to the democratic transition.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs reaffirmed France’s determination to work towards promoting security in the Indo-Pacific region and its willingness to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) of which Singapore is the depository.

Lastly, the minister recalled the agreement-in-principle made with his Singaporean counterpart in September on the creation of a “green corridor” aimed at facilitating the movement of business leaders between the two countries. He underscored the importance of finalizing this agreement as swiftly as possible in order to ensure its implementation as soon as conditions allow.

Security forces shot dead two people in northern Myanmar on Monday, local media reported, as the military government continued its attempt to stamp out opposition to its February 1 coup.

The Irrawaddy newspaper said the victims were shot in the head during anti-coup protests in Myitkyina in Kachin State. Graphic video on social media showed protesters in the street backing away from tear gas.

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