Myanmar PM to attend 16th ASEAN summit in Vietnam

11:47, April 05, 2010      

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Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein will attend the 16th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Hanoi, Vietnam, an official announcement from Nay Pyi Taw said Monday.

At the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, Thein Sein is to attend the summit slated for Thursday-Friday.

Vietnam stands the 2010 ASEAN chairmanship.

According to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dao Viet Trung, three major issues will be discussed at the meeting, which include promoting efforts in building the ASEAN Community and implementation of the ASEAN Charter, enhancing cooperation in response to global challenges affecting the region and boosting the external relations of the ASEAN with a focus on maintenance of the central role of the ASEAN in regional cooperation process.

The summit will also give priority to discussions on concrete measures in building ASEAN economic community, one of the three major pillars of the ASEAN community. The other two are political security community and socio-culture community.

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