ASEAN foreign ministers to convene 43rd meeting

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN foreign ministers are to meet for the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Hanoi, from July 19 to 23, according to Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat.

With the focus of the world on East Asia, the AMM and related meetings with ASEAN`s Dialogue Partners represented a testimony to the central role played by the region in the regional architecture, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Surin Pitsuwan said as quoted on the Secretariat` website.

Dr Surin also said that the meetings demonstrated Vietnam`s steering role as the Chair of ASEAN in the region`s ongoing efforts in integration and in making ASEAN more recognised internationally.

The series of meetings will also see the convening of the Post Ministerial Conferences, where the ASEAN Ministers meet their counterparts from ASEAN Dialogue Partners, and the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum.

Discussions on ASEAN community building, the regional architecture and the implementation of the ASEAN Charter are all expected to feature on the agenda of the AMM on 19-20 July, the ASEAN Secretariat said on its website.

The five-year Work Plan of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) is also expected to be approved.

At the PMCs, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will meet their counterparts from the Plus Three Countries (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), in addition to Australia, Canada, the European Union, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

Among other topics, they will be discussing dialogue partnership commemorative
Summits in the coming two years.(*)

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