November 29, 2016

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The 2nd Myanmar-Australia Foreign Office Consultations Meeting held

The delegation led by U Kyaw Tin, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar attended the 2nd Myanmar-Australia Foreign Office Consultations Meeting held on 28 November 2016 in Canberra, Australia.
Prior to the meeting, Minister of State U Kyaw Tin called on H.E. Ms. Julia Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia at 0900 hours on 28 November 2016 at her Office in the Parliament Building. During the meeting, they discussed matters pertaining to the strengthening of the bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries including exchange of visits, providing assistance in the area of capacity building and education. The Minister of State briefed on democratic transition in Myanmar and the Government’s ongoing efforts for peace and reconciliation including promoting peace and stability and development of Rakhine State.
Afterwards, Minister of State U Kyaw Tin and the delegation attended the 2nd Myanmar-Australia Foreign Office Consultation Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia from 10:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs. Ambassador of Myanmar to Australia U Tha Aung Nyun also accompanied the Minister of State in the said two occasions.
The meeting was co-chaired by Minister of State U Kyaw Tin and Mr. Gary Quilan AO, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Australia. During the meeting, they discussed matters related to the foreign policy of the two countries and their focus areas, exchange of visits between the two countries. They also exchanged views on ASEAN-Australia cooperation, East Asia Summit (EAS), regional issues, human trafficking, issue of non-proliferation, cooperation on matters related to promotion and protection of human rights at the United Nations General Assembly and Human Rights Council, cooperation on education sector including scholarship programmes for Myanmar students, enhancing trade and investment between the two countries. Both sides cordially discussed the challenges facing Myanmar during the democratic transition and rendering Australian assistance to Myanmar. Minister of State U Kyaw Tin briefed the meeting on Myanmar’s efforts on peace and reconciliation including recent developments in Rakhine State.

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