02
August
2019

Remarks by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Press Conference of the 52nd AMM/PMC and Related Meetings

02
August
2019

Remarks by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Press Conference of the 52nd AMM/PMC and Related Meetings

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Remarks by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs

of the Kingdom of Thailand
at the Press Conference of the 52nd AMM/PMC and Related Meetings
29 July – 3 August 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

 
Good Evening Media Friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I had the pleasure of chairing the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and other Related Meetings including the ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meetings as well as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on 29 July – 3 August 2019, 27 Foreign Ministers and three others attended the meetings. I also co-chaired the ASEAN-India Post Ministerial Conference in my capacity as the ASEAN-India Country Coordinator and attended Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) with ten (10) ASEAN Dialogue Partners. Thailand, as the ASEAN Chair, had Trilateral Meetings with the ASEAN Secretariat and three of ASEAN’s Sectoral Development Partners, namely Norway, Turkey and Switzerland.

Prior to the AMM, ASEAN Foreign Ministers also interfaced with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and approved the Priority Programmes and Budget for 2020 in support of AICHR’s work on promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Tomorrow, there will be two additional meetings relating to the Mekong sub-regional cooperation frameworks. This comes to a grand total of 27 meetings over the past six days.

We hosted Ministers and Representatives from more than 30 countries, reflecting the partnerships that ASEAN has cultivated with our friends around the world.

The clear message that emerged from these Meetings is one of strong support for the Thai Chairmanship of ASEAN, which focuses on two key words, ‘partnership’ and ‘sustainability’. ASEAN Ministers reaffirmed our commitment to advancing a people-centred ASEAN Community that leaves no one behind and looks to the future through the implementation of the “ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability”, adopted by Leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit last month.  We also discussed with our friends from outside the region on how to advance partnership and promote sustainability in all dimensions.

In this connection, I briefed my colleagues on the outcomes of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s participation in the G20 Summit in Osaka in his capacity as the Chair of ASEAN. In Osaka, Prime Minister Prayut highlighted several strategic priorities areas in which countries from outside the region could engage with ASEAN. These were the promotion of financial inclusion for women, youth, SMEs and start-ups; protection of the environment and combating marine debris; the promotion of smart cities as well as human capital development. Thailand will be holding events in the coming months and has invited G20 countries to attend (ASEAN Smart Cities Network Conference and Exhibition on 22 – 24 August / ASEAN Meeting on Human Capital Development on 9 September). It is hoped that these events can kick start concrete cooperation leading to the 35th ASEAN Summit in November.

Here at the AMM/PMC, we had fruitful discussions on ASEAN’s priorities, taking into account the fast-paced geo-political, geo-economic, demographic and social changes taking place regionally and globally. We also discussed how to collectively address emerging challenges, including climate change, environmental issues especially marine debris, terrorism and transnational crime, as well as cybersecurity to promote sustainable security in ASEAN and beyond. We also recognised the importance of innovative technologies in preparing for, and maximizing the opportunities brought by, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

We exchanged views on regional and international developments. Our external partners expressed their support for ASEAN centrality in the evolving regional architecture through various ASEAN-led mechanisms, including the ASEAN Plus Three, EAS, ARF and ASEAN cooperation with Dialogue Partners.

We also discussed how to take forward practical cooperation in areas identified in the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific” as well as the principles laid out in the Outlook, including those stipulated in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC). In this regard, we welcomed Peru’s accession to the TAC, as the 38th High Contracting Party.

We reaffirmed our commitment to regionalism and multilateralism, and reiterated our strong commitment to concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations by this year to help cushion the economic uncertainties and challenges.

We also had a frank and lively exchange of views on regional and international issues, guided by our shared goal to promote regional peace and prosperity, including through the ASEAN-centred regional architecture.

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Remarks by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Press Conference of the 52nd AMM/PMC and Related Meetings