Nepal calls for immediate release of Myanmar leaders detained after military coup

Hours after Myanmar’s military seized power and imposed a one-year state emergency by detaining democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Nepal said that it is “concerned about the safety and well-being of the detained civilian leaders” and called for their release.
“We are equally concerned about the safety and well-being of the detained civilian leaders including President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and call for their immediate release,” read an official statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry further stated that it is “closely following the developments in Myanmar”.
“Nepal has been closely following the recent developments in Myanmar. We believe that all parties involved will respect the will of the Myanmar people and hope that the democratic and constitutional process will be restored soon,” the statement said.
Earlier, the Myanmar military declared a state of emergency in the country for one year, following the coup, where Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other senior officials have been detained by the military.
The state power has been handed over to Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing, while Myanmar’s first Vice-President Myint Swe will serve as the acting president of the country.
The newly-elected lower house of the parliament was due to convene on Monday, but the military called for a postponement.
The Myanmar military said on Monday the new election in the country will be held after the end of one-year emergency.