December 17, 2016

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Vientiane, Lao PDR concludes

Foreign ministers from ASEAN countries pose for photo in ASEAN way. Photo: Foreign Affairs Ministry
Foreign ministers from ASEAN countries pose for photo in ASEAN way. Photo: Foreign Affairs Ministry

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin arrived back in Yangon after attending the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat held in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was held at Don Chan Palace Hotel in Vientiane on 27th February 2016. The Meeting, chaired by the current Chair of ASEAN, Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, was attended by ASEAN Foreign Ministers and the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
The Ministers discussed the eight priorities for ASEAN Chairmanship in 2016 introduced by Lao PDR, follow-up to the 27th ASEAN Summit and the effective implementation of the ASEAN Community’s Blueprints 2025 and highlighted the need for comprehensive coordination within each pillar and across the pillars to achieve the targets of the blueprints. The meeting also stressed the importance of upholding and promoting ASEAN Centrality and its relevance in the evolving regional architecture and called for full and effective implementation of the revised Work Plan on Maintaining and Enhancing ASEAN Centrality,
The meeting also discussed ways and means to further deepen cooperation with dialogue partners and strengthen engagement with other external parties for mutual benefit. Furthermore, the ministers exchanged views on regional and international issues, including the emerging transnational security challenges such as terrorism, cyber security, disaster management, climate change, etc.   Press Statement of the Chair of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was issued at the end of the meeting.—MOFA

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