BANGKOK, March 2 (Reuters) – Thailand’s parliament opened a seminar on Saturday on the political situation in Myanmar, including opponents of the neighbouring country’s military government, despite the junta’s objection.

“What we are doing today is the first step in bringing a variety of stakeholders to talk to each other,” said lawmaker Rangsiman Rome, head of the house committee organising the two-day event. “It will pave the way for a political solution for Myanmar that is peaceful and sustainable.”

Speakers include senior figures in Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government and ethnic armed organisations, but no representative from the Myanmar government.

Myanmar’s foreign ministry said in a letter seen by Reuters that it “strongly objects” to parliament hosting the seminar, saying it “creates negative impacts” on bilateral relations. It asked the Thai government to tell parliament not to hold “any activity that could hinder the ongoing cordial ties”.

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