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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin attends 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting

Ministers from ASEAN countries and EU pose for a group photo at 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting.
Ministers from ASEAN countries and EU pose for a group photo at 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting.

U Kyaw Tin, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, attended the 21 st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand from 13 to 14 October 2016.
The Meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand, and H.E. Miroslav Lajcak, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The Meeting was attended by ASEAN Foreign Ministers, EU Foreign Ministers, and Secretary-General of ASEAN.
During the 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, Foreign Ministers and Heads of Delegation from ASEAN and EU Member States exchanged views on the recent developments in ASEAN and EU; the review of the ASEAN-EU enhanced partnership; the review of the implementation of the Banda Seri Begawan Plan of Action (2013-2017); the ASEAN-EU cooperation and the future direction of ASEAN-EU relations.
The Meeting further discussed on the East Asia regional security, the ASEAN-EU cooperation on maritime security, counter-terrorism, migration and human trafficking, climate change and disaster management.
At the Meeting, Minister of State led the discussion on “Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III which was developed under Myanmar’s Chairmanship of IAI Task Force. In his discussion, the Minister of State, sought the support of the European Union Member States for the successful implementation of the five strategic areas of the Work Plan III namely food; agriculture; trade facilitation; micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); education; and health and wellbeing.
The Meeting adopted Bangkok Declaration on Promoting an ASEAN-EU Global Partnership for Shared Strategic Goals.
On the sidelines of the 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, Minister of State had separate bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers from Romania, Hungary, Estonia, Finland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of France, and Deputy Ministers from Lithuania, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain and discussed matters to further enhance bilateral relations and cooperation.
U Kyaw Tin signed the Book of Condolence at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

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