UNION Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin participated in the ASEAN-ROK Ministerial Meeting, ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting, ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting and the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting which were held via videoconference yesterday at 8:00 am from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw.
The Ministerial Meetings were participated by Foreign Ministers from ASEAN and Dialogue Partners and their representatives and discussed the future directions of cooperation between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners and exchanged views on regional and international issues. The Secretary-General of ASEAN also attended these Meetings.
The ASEAN-ROK Ministerial Meeting was co-chaired by Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs II of Brunei Darussalam, and Mr Chung Eui-yong, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. At the Meeting, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin underscored the three areas where ASEAN and ROK could advance cooperation namely: to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine; to quickly recover from economic impact with a view to bringing mutual benefits and sustainable trade and investment based on RCEP and AKFTA. Union Minister, while welcoming countries that have ratified the RCEP Agreement also updated the meeting of Myanmar’s completion under Article 20.5 and 20.6 of the RCEP Agreement.
The ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting was subsequently held and it was co-chaired by Teodoro Locsin Jr, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines and Mr Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. Union Minister Foreign Affairs highlighted that Myanmar was pleased to see the continued progress in the ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations and emphasized that over the past 30-year’s journey, ASEAN and China have had enjoyed good neighbourliness, mutual trust, mutual support and mutual benefit. Union Minister, while looking forward to the Commemorative Summit, also welcomed China’s proposal to maintain the theme for 2022 as “Sustainable Development Cooperation”, appreciated China’s support to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and contribution to the ASEAN-China Cooperation Fund to fund projects relevant to addressing public health emergencies. Union Minister also thanked China for the donation of COVID-19 vaccines and related materials. After the Meeting, while congratulating Secretary Locsin for the successful country coordinatorship for ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations said that Myanmar, as the new country coordinator for ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, is committed to maintain the positive momentum and look forward to working closely with ASEAN and China for mutually beneficial cooperation for peoples.
The ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting was held in the afternoon and was co-chaired by Mr Bui Thanh Son, Foreign Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Mr Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan. At the Meeting, Union Minister stressed the need to further strengthen COVID-19 joint responses; enhance cooperation on disaster management and humanitarian assistance, and looked forward to Japan’s continued support of IAI Work Plan IV.
The 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was also held and the Meeting was chaired by Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs II of Brunei Darussalam, and was attended by Foreign Ministers from the ASEAN Member States Plus Three countries (China, Japan and Korea). The Secretary-General of ASEAN also attended the Meeting. At the Meeting, Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and the Plus Three Countries exchanged views on regional and international issues and reviewed the areas of cooperation under the framework of ASEAN Plus Three and exchanged views on ways to move forward. Union Minister underscored the importance to effectively combat COVID-19 and equitable access to the vaccine; to develop the digital economy further to mitigate productivity loss and raise the supply chain management regionally and globally.
Together with the Union Minister, Senior Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meetings.—MNA