State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the Philippines yesterday to attend the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings, which will see leaders of Southeast Asian member states discussing regional and international issues.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Manila Diamond Hotel, where she is staying, over promoting bilateral relations at the regional and international level, thereby boosting bilateral trade. Following the meeting, she met with Myanmar diplomats and their families in the Philippines at the hotel.
Upon arrival at Nino Aquino International Airport, the State Counsellor was welcomed by Secretary of Health of the Philippines Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Russel-Ubial and Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win, who arrived in Manila ahead of her to attend the summit, Ambassador from Myanmar to the Philippines U Win Naing, Military Attaché Col Win Myat and officials.
Together with other ASEAN Heads of State/Government, the State Counsellor will attend the Opening Ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings to be held today.
The State Counsellor will attend the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with Representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with Representatives of ASEAN Youth, which will be held on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit.
Among the issues discussed yesterday were the tensions in the Korean Peninsula, the progress in the forming of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, and a call for leaders to not forget their poor.
In a rare, stand-alone statement, ASEAN urged North Korea and all parties concerned “to exercise self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation.”
This is the first of two meetings among ASEAN leaders that the Philippines will be hosting as ASEAN Chair in 2017.
According to the ASEAN Secretariat, leaders are expected to sign a document that will affirm the role of the civil service as a means of achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.
The summit comes as ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary. The association was established in Thailand in 1967, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by founding members Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. It now includes Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.