28
June
2019

ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and its Related Meetings at the 34th ASEAN Summit

28
June
2019

ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and its Related Meetings at the 34th ASEAN Summit

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and its Related Meetings
at the 34th ASEAN Summit during 21-22 June 2019

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H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, chaired a series of Ministerial Meetings including the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM), 19th ASEAN Political-Security Council Meeting (APSC) and 23rd ASEAN Coordinating Council Meeting (ACC) on 22 June 2019 while discussed development in various areas of ASEAN Community and the preparation for the 34th ASEAN Summit at the Athenee Hotel in Bangkok.

On this occasion, ASEAN Foreign Ministers reiterated their support for Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship under the theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.” The Meeting exchanged views on how to realise a resilient, stable and  people-centred ASEAN Community that leaves no one behind. The Meeting also discussed issues related to sustainable development, maintaining ASEAN centrality in its conduct of relations with external partners, preparing ASEAN for the future amidst changing geo-political landscape and uncertainties, as well as addressing common challenges especially environmental issues, climate change, transnational crimes, terrorism and regional security.

The Meeting further exchanged views on regional and international issues, namely the situation in Rakhine State, the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula. ASEAN will continue to enhance its role in providing humanitarian assistance and supporting repatriation process in Rakhine State. ASEAN will also promote win-win cooperation to create conducive environment for the conclusion of the negotiation of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) and support dialogue among parties concerned to achieve peace and stability in the denuclearised Korean Peninsula. The Meeting also underlined the need to expedite the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiation to be concluded at the earliest opportunity to prepare for possible negative impact emerging from trade friction between ASEAN’s major trading partners.

In addition, the 19th APSC Council Meeting discussed the work of various ASEAN sectoral bodies and the implementation of the APSC Blueprint 2025. Emphasis was placed on the work of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) which have propelled border management cooperation among ASEAN Member States to mitigate negative consequences from enhanced regional connectivities and deeper economic integration, strengthen maritime cooperation, marine conservation and cyber security. The Meeting welcomed the inclusion of the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM) as a subsidiary body under the ADMM in Annex 1 of the ASEAN Charter.

As for the 23rd ACC, the Meeting adopted the Concept Note and Terms of Reference for the Network of ASEAN Associations of ASEAN Member States to help raise awareness of ASEAN among the public. The Meeting also approved the appointment of Mr. Michael Matheus Tene as the new Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs and discussed the preparation for Timor-Leste to become a Member of ASEAN.

As a step forward, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers would report the above-mentioned developments to ASEAN Leaders for notation or adoption at the 34th ASEAN Summit accordingly.

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and its Related Meetings at the 34th ASEAN Summit during 21-22 June 2019