Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin headed the Myanmar Delegation to attend the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Ministerial Meetings held in Manila, Philippines from 4 to 8 August 2017.
While in the Philippines, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs attended the Meeting of the South East Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ) Commission and Interface Meeting with the Representatives of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on 4 August 2017.
On 5 August 2017, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs participated the Plenary and Retreat Sessions of 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and gave an opening address at the Launching Ceremony of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) Publication: “Symposium on Principles, Mechanisms and Practices of Peace and Reconciliation Processes”.
On 6 August, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs attended a series of ASEAN Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) with Canada, Republic of Korea, Australia, Russia, China, New Zealand, India, United States, Japan and European Union. He also attended the Gala Dinner hosted by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines.
At ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting, the Minister of State co-chaired with the Honourable Ms. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia. Myanmar is currently serving as the country coordinator for ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations from 2015 to 2018.
On 7 August, the Minister of State attended the 18th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the Retreat and Plenary Sessions of 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the Launching Ceremony of the ARF Annual Security Outlook 2017.
On 8 August, the Minister of State attended the Grand Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and Closing Ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Minister of State also paid a joint courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines together with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers.
On the sideline of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meetings and related meetings, the Minister of State also attended the 10th Lower Mekong Initiatives (LMI) Ministerial Meeting and the 10th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Minister of State chaired the 10th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting.
While in Manila, the Minister of State had the bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and United States and discussed on the promotion of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues including the recent development in the Korean Peninsula.
The 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related Ministerial Meetings deliberated on the promotion of dialogue relations with Dialogue Partners and discussed substantively on the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, as well as the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region.
The Joint Communiqué of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was issued at the end of the meetings. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers also urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to immediately comply with its obligations under all relevant U.N. Security Resolutions and expressed their readiness to play a constructive role in contribution to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.
The ASEAN Member States and the People’s Republic of China adopted the framework of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to start negotiations with China, it is learnt.
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