On Wednesday night, the NUG opened a representative office in Canberra, less than two kilometers from Myanmar’s official embassy.
“Australia is a really important country to Myanmar. Since the 2011 revolution, Australia has been one of Myanmar’s earliest diplomatic ties.”
Australia’s National Unity Government representative Dr Tun Aung Shwe (center) and Labor MP Peter Khalil at the opening of the embassy. credit: Michelle Haywood Photography
But Australia’s diplomatic relations with Australia have come under increasing scrutiny since the democratically elected government of Ms Suu Kyi was sacked 18 months ago.
Among those present at the opening ceremony in Canberra included a number of Australian MPs across political divisions.
“This is a major step forward in the history of Myanmar’s democracy and what is needed now is for the government and the Liberal Party to follow the lead of the Green Party to recognize the NUG as Myanmar’s legitimate government and change the language of solidarity to Action. Senator Steele John told SBS News at the ceremony.
Green Party Senator Jordon Steele-John tells SBS News at the opening ceremony of the National Unity Government Embassy. credit: Michelle Haywood Photography
The Australian government has said it recognizes the state, not the government.
The foreign minister issued a statement last week condemning the execution of four pro-democracy activists in the country.
Among the Burmese-Australians at the NUG office on Wednesday was Tayzar Myint, who traveled from Adelaide to attend the ceremony.
Tayzar Myint traveled from Adelaide to attend a ceremony at the new Embassy. sauce: SBS News
Myint said he grew up in a rebel camp under military rule during the dictatorship of the 1980s.
But for Mr. Myint and many others like him who attended the ceremony, the representative office brought new hope.
Myanmar government in exile opens office in Canberra
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