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Myanmar pushing for strong foundations for Asean community: Thein Sein


President Thein Sein delivers a speech at the opening ceremony for the 47th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (Photo - Nyan Win Shein/EMG).

Myanmar wants to help build strong foundations for the Asean community – an important task which was 80 per cent done, President Thein Sein has said.

Speaking at the opening session of the 47th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and 47th Asean Day, the President said: “This is an important time for Asean. The founding of an Asean community has nearly reached 80 per cent [of what needs to be done] and will be finished in 17 months time.”

 The founding of an Asean community was the top priority for the bloc, while the second priority was to ensure the regional community is strongly established.

“According to the 2008 Asean Charter, [Asean] will transform into an organisation based on rules and regulations. Then, it needs to cooperate to strengthen the main institutions of Asean,” he said.

The president said the third priority of Asean was to adapt to global changes and current conditions, so the region develops and responds well to international circumstances.

Thein Sein urged Asean ministers to prepare to face challenges and threats, and said that the Asean community would perform better in 2015. 

The opening of the 47th Asean Summit and event to honour the 47th Asean Day were held at Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC1) in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. 

Vice presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and Nyan Tun also attended along with Foreign Affairs Minister Wanna Maung Lwin, parliamentary speakers Thura Shwe Mann and Khin Aung Myint, Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing with union ministers, ministers from Asean countries and partner states, plus high-ranking officials from Norway, Timor and Mongolia.

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