Union Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returns home
UNION Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back in Myanmar yesterday evening after attending the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos from 23 July until Monday.
The Union minister attended the Meeting of Commission on the South East Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty on 23 July, and also the Interface Meeting between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and the representatives of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).
She attended the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Plenary Session and Retreat Session on 24 July together with other ASEAN counterparts.
A Joint Communiqué of the 49th AMM, ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in the South East Asia (TAC) and Joint Statement of the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member States on the Maintenance of Peace, Security and Stability in the region were issued at the end of the meeting.
During her stay in Vientiane, the Union minister also attended the 6th Mekong-Republic of Korea Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 7th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting, the 9th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting and the 9th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on 24-25 July respectively. Myanmar will assume the chairmanship of the 8th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting.
On 25 July, the Union minister attended the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC+1) with the ten Dialogue Partners namely the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Canada, Japan, Australia, India, the US, the European Union (EU), New Zealand and the Russian Federation. After the meetings, the Chairman’s statements of the PMC+1 with dialogue partners were issued.
At the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting, the Ministers adopted the Joint Statement of the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN member states and China on the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.
The Union minister co-chaired the ASEAN-Australia Meeting together with Julie Bishop MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Commonwealth of Australia. Myanmar is currently the country coordinator of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations from 2016 to 2018.
On 26 July, the Union minister participated in the 17th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 6th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
The Ministers adopted ASEAN Regional Forum Statement on Enhancing Cooperation among Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies, ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Statement on Recent Tragic Terrorist Attacks, ASEAN Regional Forum Statement on Cooperation to Prevent Deter and Eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and ASEAN Regional Forum Statement on Strengthening Cooperation in the Management of Cross-Border Movement of Criminals at the 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers paid a joint courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Lao PDR on 24 July after the opening ceremony of the AMM.
The Union minister held bilateral meetings with Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Brunei, Vietnam, Norway, the Republic of Korea, China, Australia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and also with Minister of State for External Affairs of India and discussed matters of mutual interests.
The Myanmar delegation led by Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended dinner hosted by the Ambassador to Myanmar at his residence and met with the Myanmar Community in Laos on Monday evening.— Myanmar News Agency