President U Win Myint attended the 32nd ASEAN Summit opening ceremony and Summit Retreat held in Singapore yesterday.
The opening ceremony of the 32nd ASEAN Summit was held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, at 10 a.m.
Heads of State, Heads of Government and representatives of ASEAN countries attending the opening ceremony were welcomed by rotating ASEAN Chairman Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong.
The opening ceremony began with students from Singapore singing a song in commemoration of ASEAN, followed by an opening speech by Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong.
Next, President U Win Myint and Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong took a commemorative photo, together with Heads of State and Heads of Government of ASEAN countries.
The opening ceremony was attended by Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers, and high ranking officials from ASEAN member countries, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, along with the ASEAN Secretary General, ASEAN Permanent Representatives, invited guests, officials, and local and foreign media.
Afterwards, Heads of State, Heads of Government and representatives of ASEAN countries attended the ASEAN Smart Cities Showcase held at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Following this, President U Win Myint, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian President Mr. Joko Widodo, Philippines President Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, rotating ASEAN Chairman Singaporean Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Vietnamese Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Cambodian Prime Minister Mr. Hun Sen, Laotian Prime Minister Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai Prime Minister Mr. Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Malaysian Prime Minister’s special representative, Mr. Musa Hitam, attended the 32nd ASEAN Summit Retreat held at the Shangri-La Hotel.
After the Summit Retreat, the President, together with Heads of State and Heads of Government from ASEAN countries attended a luncheon hosted by the Singaporean Prime Minister.
In addition to attending the Summit opening ceremony and Summit Retreat, the President met separately with Thailand’s Prime Minister and the Brunei Sultan in the morning, and the Vietnamese Prime Minister in the afternoon.
During the meeting with the Prime Minister of Thailand Mr. Prayuth Chan-ocha, discussions focused on increasing bilateral contacts and relations, Myanmar workers in Thailand, conducting joint operations against drug and illegal trade along the border, cooperation for early implementation of the Dawei Deep Sea Port project, opening a second Myanmar-Thailand Friendship bridge, providing humanitarian assistance for Rakhine State, assisting in sustainable socio-economic development and supporting internal peace and national reconciliation efforts in Myanmar.
During the meeting with the Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, matters relating to developing and strengthening the existing bilateral friendship and cooperation, exchange visits of representatives from various sectors, Brunei scholarships for Myanmar students, continuing the organizing, conducting and providing study visits, workshops and training courses, and increasing bilateral trade were discussed. The Brunei Sultan also invited Myanmar’s President to make an official visit to Brunei at a mutually convenient time.
When meeting with the Prime Minister of Viet Nam Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, matters relating to strengthening the bilateral friendship that was started during the time of Bogyoke Aung San and Viet Nam President Ho Chi Minh were reviewed. Also, the leaders discussed deepening the bilateral relation that has been raised to all round cooperation and the level of friendly relation, increasing bilateral trade to US$ 1 billion, increasing investments, increasing contacts and relationships in education, culture and between the peoples of the two countries were discussed. The President was also invited by Viet Nam Prime Minister to make official visit to Viet Nam at a mutually convenient time.
Later in the afternoon, the President and party left for Myanmar from Singapore Changi International Airport on a special flight. The President and party were seen off by Singapore Senior Minister of State in Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport Dr. Lam Pin Min, Myanmar Ambassador to Singapore U Htay Aung and wife, Military Attache Col. Win Myat and wife, Myanmar embassy staff and officials.
The President and party arrived in Nay Pyi Taw at 5:50 p.m. where they were welcomed by First Lady Daw Cho Cho, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice Presdients U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win, Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung, Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander Maj-Gen Myint Maw, Deputy Minister for Office of the President U Min Thu, Singaporean Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Ms. Vanessa Chen and other officials. Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin and other officials also returned with the President. — Myanmar News Agency