Myanmar Military Coup

Social media posts mislead on Thai PM's meeting with Myanmar foreign minister in Bangkok

Published on 26/02/2021 at 13:30

A photo has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha greeting Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin at Don Meung airport in Bangkok. The photo circulated online as Myanmar's junta-appointed foreign minister visited Bangkok to hold talks with his counterparts from Thailand  and Indonesia in what was the first known face-to-face meetings between a senior junta member and foreign government officials. The image has been shared in a misleading context: the photo in fact shows Prayuth with his secretary-general Distat Hotrakitya at the entrance of the Royal Thai Police Headquarters.