1 August 2019
Association for Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers met Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Thursday, on the sidelines of the regional meeting in Bangkok.
Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin attended the meeting together with other ASEAN Ministers. The Japanese Foreign Minister said Japan will continue to closely work with ASEAN countries in the new Reiwa era to boost their strategic partnerships.
At the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting, the Ministers congratulated the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations. ASEAN thanked Australia for the cooperation in various fields, and also appreciated Australia’s support in bridging development gaps among Member States and the operation of AHA Centre to enhance ASEAN’s capacity in natural disaster management.
Prior to the Meeting, the Ministers attended the Launching Ceremony of the ASEAN-Australia Counter-Trafficking (ASEAN-ACT) Initiative.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers also held a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin co-chaired the ASEAN-Canada Ministerial Meeting together with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Honourable Chrystia Freeland. The Meeting exchanged views on regional and global issues such as sustainable development, combating transnational crimes, cyber security, empowering women and children, trade and investment cooperation, and education.
On Wednesday, the Union Minister attended a ministerial meeting between China and the ASEAN nations. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for joint efforts with ASEAN to uphold multilateralism. The two sides also launched the China-ASEAN Young Leaders' Scholarship Program, to promote academic exchanges between China and Southeast Asian states. The scheme will provide funding for ASEAN students to pursue higher education opportunities in China.
The Union Minister also attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting. At the meeting, New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters said his country shares common challenges with ASEAN member states.
Likewise, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers held a meeting with Russian delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The co-chair of the meeting highlighted three priorities that the 10-nation bloc and Russia to work on fostering 'the counter-terrorism, cyber-security, and disaster management.'
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