Prince Charles to tour SE Asia, but to leave out Myanmar

Britain’s Prince Charles will tour Southeast Asia and India later this month, but he will not visit Myanmar, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Wednesday (Oct 4).

Official visit to Myanmar was suggested for the trip, but it was omitted from the final programme issued on Wednesday.  Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will travel to Singapore, Malaysia and then to India where he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 11-day trip will start on October 31 with Singapore as the first stop before the couple go to Malaysia where they will celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties.

“We looked at a range of options in the region and, as we’re announcing today, we’re going ahead with the visit to Singapore and Malaysia,” Philip Malone, deputy head of the Department of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office told the media.

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past month since Arakan insurgents attacked 30 police posts near the border, triggering massive military retaliation that was branded by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.

Last month, Britain suspended its training programme for the military in Myanmar due to the violence in Rakhine state and diplomatic relations between the two countries has worsened.