State Counsellor DawAung San Suu Kyi holds Videoconference with ASEAN Ambassadors in commemoration of ASEAN Day and exchanges information in response to COVID-19 pandemic

In commemoration of the 53rd Anniversary of the Founding of ASEAN, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held a videoconference with the ASEAN Ambassadors to Myanmar yesterday at 10 am from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw and exchanged views on national efforts of ASEAN Member States and shared information, experiences and best practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ambassadors from Viet Nam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Charge d’ Affaires a.i. of Brunei Darussalam participated in the videoconference.
In her welcome remarks, the State Counsellor said that although the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from holding usual ASEAN Day celebration, the virtual Meeting of today has enabled us to maintain ASEAN’s tradition of solidarity and togetherness on annual ASEAN Day. She acknowledged the important role the ASEAN Missions in respective ASEAN Member States in raising ASEAN awareness and fostering a sense of belonging among the peoples of ASEAN. She also appreciated the ASEAN Missions in Yangon for their effective cooperation in arranging relief flights for Myanmar citizens. She commended the exemplary leadership role of Viet Nam as the ASEAN Chair amidst the challenges posed by COVID-19. In the collective responses to the global pandemic, she stressed the need to work towards a speedy implementation of the “Hanoi Plan of Action on Strengthening ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Supply Chain Connectivity in Response to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
In sharing the measures taken by the Government of Myanmar in the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19, the State Counsellor stated that while undertaking real-time responses and updating the public on the situation in a timely manner, the Government has put in place stricter ‘stay-at-home measures’ in five townships in Rakhine State and seven townships in Yangon Region. She added that restrictions on the entry of international travellers to the country and temporary visa restrictions have been extended until the end of September. She stated that adhering to the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the Government has come up with a Plan of Action which focuses on vulnerable groups, including IDPs and people with disabilities.
Then, the ASEAN Ambassadors exchanged views on the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries and efforts taken by their Governments in addressing the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. Then, the State Counsellor and the ASEAN Ambassadors cordially discussed and exchanged information, experiences and best practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the discussions, the State Counsellor highlighted the importance of strict adherence to the rules and regulations by each and every-one to overcome the challenges. She also underscored the need to ensure the smooth flow of trade especially essential products including food, medicine and urgent medical supplies during the difficult time. She appreciated the efforts taken by each ASEAN Member State in addressing the COVID-19 and encouraged to continue working together to make sure that post-COVID-19 period is better than pre-COVID-19 one.—MNA

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