Union Minister U Kyaw Tin participates in 23rd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting online Ministers agree to elevate ASEAN-EU relations to strategic level

Union Minister for International Cooperation, U Kyaw Tin, participated in the 23rd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting via video conference on 1 December at 2:30 pm from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw.
The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Country Coordinator of the ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations and Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. The Meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers and representatives from ASEAN Member States and 27 EU Member States, as well as the Secretary General of ASEAN.
The Ministers exchanged views on matters relating to strengthening ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations, development of framework for a future ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and expeditious conclusion of a mutually beneficial ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA), including on regional and international issues. The Meeting decided to elevate the ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations to a strategic level. Union Minister U Kyaw Tin stressed the need to strengthen ASEAN-EU relations especially during challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also expressed thanks to the EU for its Team Europe Package of over Euro 800 million to combat COVID-19 and mitigate its impact in ASEAN and encouraged EU to support ASEAN initiatives to address COVID-19 challenges, including ASEAN Response Fund and ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.
He also stressed the need for further strengthening of cybersecurity cooperation to realize safe, secure, and resilient cyberspace supportive of the growing digital economy and to further strengthen cooperation in countering the misuse of technology advancement. The Union Minister also thanked the EU for its support to Myanmar in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for providing assistance to Myanmar garment workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. He also expressed his keen interest in strengthening trade and economic relations with EU.
The meeting adopted the ASEAN-EU Joint Ministerial Statement on Connectivity and released Co-Chairs’ Press Release.
Together with the Union Minister, Permanent Secretary and Senior Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the 23rd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting.—MNA

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