ASEAN leaders congratulate the State Counsellor on her victory in 2020 General Election
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar participated in the Opening Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit and the Plenary Session of the 37th ASEAN Summit which were held via videoconferences yesterday at 8 am from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw.
The Opening Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit commenced with art performances and ASEAN Anthem presented by Vietnamese cultural troupes. Then, Mr Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam delivered welcoming address and Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam delivered opening remarks.
The Plenary Session of the 37th ASEAN Summit was chaired by Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in his capacity as the Chair of ASEAN in 2020 and attended by ASEAN Leaders, the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the Director-General of the World Health Organization. During the Summit, the ASEAN leaders discussed and exchanged views on matters relating to ASEAN Community Building efforts, ASEAN’s external relations and ASEAN Centrality as well as regional and international issues.
The ASEAN Leaders also expressed their appreciations to the Prime Minister of Viet Nam for the successful stewardship of ASEAN in 2020 and extended words of congratulations to the State Counsellor on her victory in the recently held general elections in Myanmar.
In her statement, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the need for ASEAN to pursue greater internal unity and external stability to be able to respond effectively to changing geo-strategic dynamics and increasing tensions among major players. Against the backdrop of increasing polarization and the formation of new blocs and alliances, the State Counsellor added that it is crucial to strengthen the capability to maintain ASEAN unity and centrality. As external relations is an important pillar for the realization of ASEAN’s vision of an outward looking Community, she underscored the importance of managing the increased demand for partnership and exercising ASEAN Centrality in the existing ASEAN-led mechanisms.
In response to the remarks made by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on humanitarian situation in Rakhine State, the State Counsellor stated that Myanmar Government is doing its best in ensuring security, justice and communal harmony throughout the country. Emphasizing the need to work together to resolve the problem of the displaced persons, she highlighted that human trafficking remains a serious risk to the region as criminal activities could quickly adjust to the new normal caused by COVID-19 through misuse of technologies. She added that human trafficking must not be tolerated in any form nor must terrorism which is closely related to the Rakhine issue. As the terrorism has been greatly responsible for the communal disharmony in Rakhine State, she stressed the need to put a stop to the terrorist activities and propaganda which is tearing communities apart and work together in tackling such issues of mutual concern and interest. She concluded by expressing her appreciation to the ASEAN Leaders those who have extended their congratulations to her on the outcome of the recent general elections.
At the end of the Plenary Session of the 37th ASEAN Summit, a ceremony was held to officially release the Mid-term Review of ASEAN Community Vision 2025 Blueprints and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, and to launch the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies.
The State Counsellor was represented by Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin at the 23rd ASEAN-China Summit, 23rd ASEAN-Japan Summit, 21st ASEAN-ROK Summit, 17th ASEAN-India Summit and ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit which were held via videoconference in the afternoon. During the ASEAN Summits with its Dialogue Partners, the Leaders discussed and exchanged views on future cooperation as well as regional and international issues. Establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Disease was officially announced during the 23rd ASEAN-Japan Summit.
The first ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit was continued in the evening with the attendance of ASEAN Leaders, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Vice President of the World Bank, ASEAN Women Leaders representatives and the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
Daw Su Su Lwin, Member of Parliament and Leader of the Advisory Team to Promote Legislative Capacity-Building of the Pyithu Hluttaw participated in the ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit as a representative of Myanmar Women Leaders and made a statement under the theme of “the role of women in building a cohesive, dynamic, sustainable and inclusive ASEAN Community in a post COVID-19 world”.
Together with the State Counsellor, Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Thaung Tun and Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin were present at the Plenary Session of the 37th ASEAN Summit.—MNA