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Shanmugam heads to Myanmar for ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam and his counterparts from ASEAN will exchange views on regional and international issues, and discuss issues related to ASEAN's community-building efforts.

SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam will be in Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw from Aug 7 to 10 for the 47th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Aug 6) says he will also attend a slew of accompanying meetings such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, Post-Ministerial Conferences, the ASEAN Plus Three forum, the Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the East Asia Summit.

MFA says ASEAN foreign ministers will discuss issues related to ASEAN's community-building efforts, the regional architecture and ASEAN's external relations. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues.

They will meet with ASEAN's Dialogue Partners such as China, India, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States to review the state of relations and ongoing cooperation.

The ministers will meet the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives on Aug 8.

Reports say US Secretary of State John Kerry who is attending the ASEAN meetings, will likely touch on rights issues and the stalling of reforms in Myanmar. A long-running territorial dispute over the South China Sea, is likely to dominate discussion as well.

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