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Can Myanmar Be a Game Changer in Asean?

BANGKOK — As the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Myanmar has to face challenges emanating both from home and from the grouping’s agenda. How the chair handles these issues—both in terms of agenda-setting and narratives—will determine the status of Myanmar within the region and...

Myanmar: Govt allocates 34 million for ASEAN meetings

MYANMAR will spend more than K30 billion on the 300-500 international meetings it expects to host over the coming year as the chair of ASEAN, the government says. U Aung Htoo, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ ASEAN Affairs Department, said the first would be the...

Rohingyas not a topic for ASEAN: Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma) has rejected the inclusion of talks on the country's Rohingya minority at the first meeting of South-East Asian foreign ministers to be hosted by the once pariah state. The country will hold its first meeting of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers in Bagan on Thursday,...

Anifah Partakes In Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat In Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is leading a Malaysian delegation to the two-day Asean Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Bagan, Myanmar beginning Thursday. It is the first Asean meeting hosted by Myanmar as chairman of the grouping for 2014. "The retreat will discuss, among others,...

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...

Secretary-General of ASEAN visits Myanmar: “Myanmar’s success is ASEAN’s pride”

NAY PYI TAW, 16 January 2014 - The Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, paid a two-day official visit to Nay Pyi Taw from 12 to 14 January to discuss the deliverables and priorities of Myanmar’s ASEAN Chairmanship, a historic moment in both Myanmar’s and ASEAN’s history. Welcoming SG...

Myanmar commences role as ASEAN Chair; hosts Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bagan

BAGAN, 17 January 2014 – Myanmar’s Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Wunna Maung chaired the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat today in Bagan. The Retreat is the first in the series of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meetings under Myanmar's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014 which has for its theme "Moving forward...

Burma Hosts First High-Level ASEAN Meeting, Boasts of Close China Relations

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has opened its first high-level meeting as chair of ASEAN by saying relations with China will be enhanced by its leadership of the regional bloc. Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations began meeting Thursday in the ancient Burmese city of Bagan. It...

Asean chair grapples with domestic uncertainties

Myanmar made succinctly clear the Rohingya problem would not be raised in any Asean meeting during its chairmanship this year. U Ye Htut, the spokesperson of President Thein Sein, reiterated his country's position during a press conference on the eve of the first Asean informal ministerial meeting recently in...