December 19, 2016

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Union Foreign Affairs Minister attends 49th AMM’s related meetings in Laos

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: MNA

UNION Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended related meetings of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos yesterday.
The 17th ASEAN plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meetings attended by the Union minister welcomed the realisation of the Chiang Mai Initiative. Multilateralisation (CMIM), ASEAN Plus Three Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), the Asian Bond Market Initiative (ABMI) and the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF) to ensure regional economic and financial stability.
The foreign ministers reiterated the importance of the role of the ASEAN Plus Three in the area of boosting regional peace, stability and development and encouraged implementation of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) to ensure regional food sufficiency at the meeting.
The group called for the continued implementation of the 2013-2017 Work Plan and the recommendations of the East Asia Vision Group II (EAVGII) report for further cooperation between ASEAN and three dialogue partners.
The meeting also expressed wide support for the draft ASEAN Plus Three Statement on Promoting Sustainable Development initiated by Laos, as Chair of ASEAN, to be adopted by the leaders at the 19th ASEAN Plus Three Summit scheduled to be held this September in Laos.
During the 6th East Asia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, those present pledged to further consolidate the East Asia Summit with the implementation of the 6 priority areas, namely Finance, Education, Environment and Energy, Global Health Issues and Pandemic Diseases, Disaster Management and ASEAN Connectivity as well as the Kuala Lumpur Declaration, adopted with a view to further strengthening the East Asia Summit as a Leaders-led forum for Dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern aimed at promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia.
The draft Vientiane Declaration on Promoting Infrastructure Development Cooperation in East Asia proposed by Laos, chair of ASEAN, is to be adopted at the 11th East Asia Summit.
The 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum retreat session and the 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum plenary session followed with the participation of foreign ministers from 27 member countries.
In the evening, Union Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi cordially greeted Myanmar citizens in Laos, family members of the Myanmar Embassy in Laos and delegation members who attended the meetings at the Myanmar Embassy in Vientiane, Laos.—Myanmar News Agency

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