Japan and Indonesia voiced concern Wednesday over the situation in Myanmar, following a military coup and the detention of civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month.
In telephone talks, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi said they were concerned about the latest developments including the use of rubber bullets against peaceful protesters by police, and agreed to closely cooperate in dealing with the situation, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
Motegi was quoted by the ministry as saying Japan will strongly urge the Myanmar military to prevent violence against citizens, to release Suu Kyi and others detained and to swiftly restore a democratic political system in the country.
The Indonesian minister, meanwhile, stressed the importance of securing the safety of Myanmar citizens and the return to a democratic process, the ministry said.
Following the coup against the democratically elected government in Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia said they will jointly propose a special meeting of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The 10-member grouping has a policy of noninterference in each other's internal affairs but has said in a statement the members share a goal of "adherence to the principles of democracy."
ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.