PRESIDENT U Htin Kyaw attended an exclusive session of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit under the heading “Enhancing the three pillars of ASEM” yesterday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Following an address by Mongolia’s President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj at the retreat session the leaders of the participating countries took part in discussions which focused on regional and international issues, including counter-terrorism and migration.
A closing Press Conference commenced in Ulaanbaatar at 12:40 pm with remarks by Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico.
The President of Mongolia expressed ASEM11 leaders’ condolences for the people of France and Turkey affected by terrorism and violence, thanked the 11 heads of state, 23 heads of government, 13 foreign ministers, 3 special envoys and 2 heads of international organisations. “During this two day event Mongolia held 60 bilateral meetings,” he said, noting that the total number of bilateral meetings by all other countries was more than 100.
President Elbegdorj acknowledged the reports from the ASEM Business Forum, ASEM People’s Forum, Parliamentary Forum, and for the first time, the Youth’s Forum. He remarked that “a closed discussion in the retreat session” allowed leaders to have a fruitful discussion.
President U Htin Kyaw described the discussions at the two-day meeting as fruitful and productive, saying that the meeting discussed how to move forward into the new decade by taking stock of the achievements made over the past 20 years, while enhancing the three pillars of ASEM, which are political dialogue, economic cooperation and cultural exchange.
The president stressed the need to improve the connectivity between Asia and Europe and cooperate in both hard and soft connectivity in various sectors.
At the meeting the leaders exchanged views on areas of common interests as well as other issues that require cooperation between the two regions in addressing common challenges of regional and international issues, including non-traditional security challenges, particularly the rise of terrorism and violent extremism, the rule of law, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, inclusive growth, poverty reduction, disaster risk management and youth development.
“In the wake of the Nice terror attack leaders offered condolences to the government and the people of France and especially to the affected families and expressed their solidarity,” U Htin Kyaw said.
He also pointed out the need to see that countries have different views and varying goals to accommodate the upholding of sovereignty as well as promoting the interest of their peoples while warning that this should not be a hindrance but a great opportunity to address differences among them.
He expressed his belief that their partnership through ASEM’s engagement would contribute to the citizens of the two continents and those of the world as a whole.
President U Htin Kyaw expressed his gratitude to the president of the host country for the opportunity to experience the Naadam festival, the national holiday of Mongolia.
Myanmar will host the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw in the second half of 2017.