Myanmar's military tries to communicate with other world leaders
According to a lobbyist hired by the Myanmar Military, the generals of the coup are open to improving communications with other world leaders. Myanmar is also willing to abandon its close relationship with China.
The lobbyist, Ari Ben-Menashe is a former Israeli military intelligence official that has previously spoken on behalf of Zimbabwe's president and Sudan’s military rulers. According to Ben-Menashe, Myanmar's generals are also willing to negotiate the return of Rohingya refugees.
More than 50 protesters have been killed in Myanmar
According to the United Nations, more than 50 people have died protesting the military coup. Myanmar's military detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the National league party after they won the election last year.
Ben-Menashe said he was employed by Myanmar's military to facilitate talks between Myanmar and other countries, adding that the actions of the military have been "misunderstood" by foreign nations. The military generals said they carried out the coop partly because Suu Kyi had "grown too close to China for the generals’ liking".
Ben-Menashe said the generals had preferred to improve communications with the United States instead of China because they did not want Myanmar to fall under China's control. The United States condemned the coup and put in place sanctions on the properties and businesses owned by members of Myanmar's military.
Myanmar is also opening communication channels to the UAE and Saudi Arabia
According to the lobbyist, he will be paid an unrevealed fee if he manages to lift the sanctions imposed on the Myanmar military. Apart from lifting the US-imposed sanctions, Ben-Menashe is expected to convince Saudi Arabia, and the UAE to support Myanmar in repatriating the Rohingya Muslims that fled Myanmar in 2016.
Thousands of people have been protesting against the coup, demanding that the military release Suu Kyi and the other detained officials. The military claimed at the beginning of the coup that the election was rigged and the election results were false.