New Zealand suspends with Myanmar; prohibits army leaders from traveling

WELLINGTON – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that the government will maintain all high-level political and military contacts with Myanmar.

New Zealand will also impose a ban on Myanmar’s army leaders and ensure that its domestic aid program does not come with projects delivered with the army government or that make a profit, Ardern said at a press conference.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said separately that New Zealand did not recognize the legitimacy of the military-led government and called on the military to release all detained political leaders without delay and repair the civilian government (report via Praveen Menon; edited through Christian Schmollinger). )

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