Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs U Soe Han participated in the 33rd ASEAN-US Dialogue which was held via videoconference from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Meeting was co-chaired by Mr Thongphane Savanphet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Country Coordinator of the ASEAN-US Dialogue Relations and Mr David R. Stilwell, Assistant Secretary of State of the United States. The meeting was attended by ASEAN Senior Officials and the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Political-Security Community.
At the Meeting, the Senior Officials discussed matters on ASEAN and the United States’ responses to COVID-19, and exchanged views on strengthening cooperation of the ASEAN-US Strategic Partnership. Furthermore, the Meeting shared views on regional and international issues. Permanent Secretary U Soe Han highlighted that the principles of strengthening ASEAN Centrality, mutual respect, mutual trust, equality, inclusivity and complementarity within the existing cooperation framework contained in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific are vital for enhancing strategic stability and win-win cooperation in the region. He also stressed the importance of strengthening ASEAN-US maritime cooperation particularly in the areas of maritime connectivity, combating marine debris, preservation and protection of marine environment and biodiversity to ensure the Indo-Pacific as a region of peace, stability and cooperation.
Present at the Meeting were senior officials from the ASEAN Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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