February 23, 2017

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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin arrived back after attending ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Boracay, the Philippines

ASEAN Foreign Ministers pose for photo in ASEAN way before the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Boracay.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin arrived back in Yangon on Tuesday after attending the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat held on the island of Boracay, Republic of the Philippines.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was the first ministerial-level meeting convened under the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship to discuss the priorities to be undertaken in 2017. The Retreat was chaired by H.E. Mr. Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, and attended by ASEAN Foreign Ministers, the Secretary-General of ASEAN and senior officials.
The attendees were briefed on the six thematic priorities of her Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017, namely: a people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN; peace and stability in the region; maritime security and cooperation; inclusive and innovation-led growth; ASEAN’s resiliency; and ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player.
The ministers further discussed the follow-up to the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, implementation of the ASEAN Community’s Vision 2025, effective cooperation among the three ASEAN Community Pillars and commemorative activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the association.
The meeting also deliberated on the importance of maintaining and promoting ASEAN’s centrality in the evolving regional architecture and ASEAN unity in addressing domestic and regional challenges at the time of uncertainty in the global political landscape as well as the need to further deepen cooperation and engagement with dialogue partners and other external parties.
The ministers also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern, including non-traditional security challenges such as terrorism, piracy, cyber-security, natural disasters, climate change, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs, maritime security and cooperation as well as developments in various regions, including the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, among others.

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