Friday, May 9, 2014

Mongolia and Myanmar hold first consultative meeting of Foreign Ministries

The first consultative meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and Myanmar, co-chaired by director of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Asia-Pacific countries Ch.Bayarmonkh and U San Lwin, director-general of the Political Department of the Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry, was held Tuesday in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, where the parties discussed the Mongolia-Myanmar relations and cooperation and integration of the Asia-Pacific region.

The sides emphasized the significance of the state visit of the Mongolian President to Myanmar in 2013, as well as the official visit of Shwe Mann, the Speaker of Myanmar and Speaker of the Burmese House of Representatives, for launching bilateral relations and cooperation, and also agreed to exchange experience in the proper exploitation of mineral resources, to cooperate in the tourism sector and to bring other projects into effect accordingly.

Also, the two ministries agreed on carrying out short-term training for Myanmar state servants on democracy, open society, innovations in state services and the judicial system, and adaptation to a multi-party system. They reached a decision to exchange officials of their election committees and parliamentary delegates regarding the issues of constitutional and election law.

Chairing ASEAN in 2014, the Burmese side pledged to invite Mongolia’s Foreign Minister to participate as a special guest in the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting to be held in August of this year, and to attempt to positively address the official request of Mongolia to host the “ASEAN+1” unofficial meeting by consulting with ASEAN members. The Burmese officials also offered support for Mongolia to become a partner of the ASEAN Dialogue and a member of the East Asia Summit.

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