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August 09, 2020

President U Thein Sein delighted with success, growth of ASEAN-ROK cooperation

President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo together with leaders of ASEAN countries and President of ROK Park Geun-hye at 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan.—MNA
President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo together with leaders of ASEAN countries and President of ROK Park Geun-hye at 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan.—MNA

President U Thein Sein attended the 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, celebrating 25 years of dialogue relations between the two sides, in the South Korean port city of Busan on Friday.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye presided at the summit, in which discussions focused on a review of ties between her country and ASEAN and matters related to future goals.
In his address to the summit, President U Thein Sein said it is encouraging to witness the success and growth of mutual trust and respect and bilateral cooperation between the ASEAN and South Korea.
This year is special for the host country as it marks the 20th anniversary of its engagement in the ASEAN Regional Forum and the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership between ASEAN and the ROK, said the president, who doubles as ASEAN chair.
He urged the Southeast Asian bloc and the host country to adhere to the summit’s theme “Building Trust, Bringing Happiness”, calling trust an essential requirement for the establishment of peace, happiness, friendly relations and cooperation.
Myanmar’s leader reaffirmed his full commitment to the implementation of the 2010 Joint Declaration on ASEAN-ROK Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity and the two sides’ 2011-2015 plan of action, calling for them to step up greater cooperation with a view to carrying out the 2016-2020 plan of action.
He stressed the necessity of ASEAN and South Korea redoubling efforts to further expand two-way trade volume to US$200 billion by 2020, noting that the Mekong-ROK cooperation framework is central to narrowing down development gaps and enhancing regional connectivity.
The president expressed his satisfaction in collaboration between ASEAN and South Korea in the establishment of the ASEAN Community and the ASEAN Connectivity, urging both sides to strengthen the exchange of education programmes for future generations.
He welcomed ROK’s efforts to build trust and initiate peaceful unification on the Korean Peninsula as well as President Park’s Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative in promoting lasting peace on the peninsula and cooperation and trust in Northeast Asia.
In an address to the second section of the meeting, President U Thein Sein, stressed the importance of addressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges, which he said are of concern to all.
The president requested South Korea to render technical assistance to ASEAN’s management on natural disaster preparedness and humanitarian aid, calling for closer cooperation in combating terrorism, which he said has come to threaten global stability and security.
The presidents of Myanmar and South Korea gave a joint press conference and responded to queries on ASEAN-ROK relations and outcomes and agreements of the summit.

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