Myanmar Hosts ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting For First Time

BAGAN (Myanmar) Jan 16 (Bernama) — The ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) hosted for the first time by Myanmar kicked off Thursday in Bagan, an ancient city in northern Mandalay region, with senior officials meeting (SOM) taking the lead, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.

Preceding the ministerial meeting a day ahead, the SOM of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was chaired by U Aung Lynn, Director-General of Asean Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry, and attended by U Min Lwin, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to ASEAN and Ambassador to Indonesia, as well as permanent representatives and senior officials from nine other ASEAN member states.

The AMM is the first regional meeting hosted by Myanmar since the country assumed the chair of the regional bloc on Jan 1, 2014.

The SOM discussed tasks remained in the ASEAN Community building, priorities of Myanmar Chairmanship, the ASEAN Community Post 2015 Vision and the adoption of guidelines on external relations.

U Aung Lynn told the SOM that the image and profile of ASEAN will be strengthened in the year ahead before ASEAN emerges as the ASEAN Community in 2015.

“We will follow the good practices of ASEAN and will work with all the ASEAN members to advance ASEAN Community building,” he said.

“We will discuss matters on ASEAN Community building and the follow-up of the 23rd Summit and matters related to ASEAN Community post-2015 vision,” he added.

ASEAN adopted its Vision-2020 in 1997 and is striving for establishing ASEAN Community in 2015.

ASEAN comprises ten member countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.