US orders evacuation of ‘non-emergency’ diplomats and families from Myanmar

Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup on 14-Feb-2021

Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup on 14-Feb-2021. Photo: MgHla (aka) Htin Linn Aye. CC BY-SA 4.0.

The United States ordered on Tuesday the departure from Myanmar of its non-essential diplomats, due to the repression following the coup d’état that overthrew the government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February, the US State Department said in a statement.

“The Department updated the status and ordered the departure,” said the U.S. diplomacy, which after the February 1 coup allowed the voluntary departure of non-essential personnel on February 14.

A Department spokesman justified this decision by stating that “the safety of government personnel and that of their dependents and U.S. citizens is the highest priority.”

“The U.S. Embassy in Burma will remain open to the public and will continue to offer limited consular services,” the official said.

Other embassies, such as those of the United Kingdom and Spain, recommend their citizens to leave Myanmar as soon as possible.


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