During the phone call, they discussed the condition in Myanmar and Sabri emphasized the urgent need to end violence against civilians and release political detainees in Myanmar, The Straits Times reported on Tuesday.
Ismail restated ASEAN's call for an inclusive political dialogue involving all parties concerned in Myanmar. This dialogue is initiated after a military coup nearly a year ago that led to civilian unrest and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed with mass arrests of political leaders.
In a statement released by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, Ismail also emphasized ASEAN's positions on Myanmar, including the bloc's decision to invite a non-political representative from the country to high-level ASEAN meetings.
After Hun Sen's controversial visit to Myanmar on January 7 to start an open dialogue on ceasefire, many feared that the visit would only give the junta more legitimacy. Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah also issued a public critic for his unilateral decision to visit Myanmar without consulting other ASEAN leaders.
As the chair of ASEAN, Hun Sen was the first foreign leader who has visited Myanmar since the junta seized power from political leaders, as opposed to the measure done by the association last year under Brunei's leadership.
The bloc took an unusual step by excluding Myanmar's leading general, Min Aung Hlaing, and other government officials, citing Myanmar's inability to follow ASEAN's Five-Point Consensus on the post-coup circumstances.