WATCH LIVE: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan answers questions at the White House briefing

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki is expected to hold a briefing with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday.

The briefing is expected to begin at 10 a.m. ET. Watch live in the video player above.

The briefing comes as Southeast Asian leaders began their annual summit without Myanmar, amid a diplomatic stalemate over the exclusion of the leader of the military-ruled nation from the group’s meetings.

The three-day talks, held on video over coronavirus concerns, will be joined by other world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and the leaders of China and Russia. The meetings are designed to shed light on Myanmar’s worsening crisis and other regional security and economic issues.

While ASEAN took a giant step to expel Senior General Min Aung Hlaing from the summit, a group of lawmakers working to improve rights in the region urged ASEAN Human Rights MPs to join the bloc on Tuesday Myanmar’s opposition government of national unity to merge. The NUG sees itself as a shadow government and tried to take part in the ASEAN summit.

“ASEAN must stop inviting other junta representatives to all official ASEAN meetings until the violence has ended, all political prisoners are released and the people’s will for full democracy has been heard,” the group said in a statement.

On Monday, a senior US official held a virtual meeting with two NUG representatives. Sullivan “underlined US continued support for the pro-democracy movement” and expressed concern about the violence of the military.

Sullivan said Washington will continue to seek the release of all “wrongly detained”, including prominent pro-democracy activist Ko Jimmy, who was raided on Saturday.


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