Asean News

Aung San Suu Kyi returns from Laos

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back at Yangon International Airport on July 27 after attending the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related events in Vientiane.

She participated in discussions about Asean Connectivity for 2025, which concentrated on physical, institutional and personal links. 

Chile, Egypt, Iran and Morocco signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with Asean. 

Asean+3 foreign ministers discuss regional peace in Vientiane


The 6th East Asian foreign ministers’ meeting was held at the national convention centre in Vientiane, where foreign ministers focused on six main areas—finance, education, environment and energy, global health and infectious diseases, natural disaster management and relations among East Asian countries.

Asean meetings start in Laos

Preparatory meetings are being held ahead of the 49th Asean foreign ministers’ summit that will mainly focus on border cooperation, regional security and peace.

The foreign ministers' event is due to start on July 24. The Asean "high-ranking officials’ meeting" started on Wednesday and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to Asean on Thursday.

Thai defence chief discusses border dispute

A goodwill delegation led by General Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy prime minister and defence minister of Thailand, held talks with President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting mainly focused on Myanmar migrant workers’ affairs, promoting bilateral trade and solving border disputes.

Military chief meets Thai counterpart, praises bond

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, met his counterpart General Sommai Kaotira from Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw on February 3.

They discussed election issues, the military’s role in securing stability, training, sending recruits for lessons in agricultural and livestock breeding and increasing the relationship with the Thai armed forces, military sources said.

AEC will build peace and stability: secretary general

Establishing the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will enhance peace and stability within the region, according to Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the association.

“Asean will unite on political, economic and social issues now members share strong beliefs and perspectives. The people share friendships and want peace and stability in the region. We will experience opportunities and riches by joining together with the rest of the world,” said the secretary general.

The AEC will start on December 31.