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ASEAN unity may be under severe strain, but Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from her first ministerial meeting without a scratch on her international reputation, according to analysts, who praised the leader’s diplomacy.

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Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will attend her first ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting from Sunday (Jul 24).

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In the face of the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, ASEAN cannot continue to look the other way, according to political analysts.

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Energy officials will seek to better connect ASEAN members’ electricity grids into a regional energy network over the next five years to better utilise the countries’ respective strengths and weaknesses in power generation, it was announced at a meeting of the bloc in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw.

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Myanmar will host the 34th ASEAN Energy Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Nay Pyi Taw on July 12-15, according to an announcement of Electric Power and Energy Ministry Thursday.

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On 23 June, Aung San Suu Kyi visited Thailand for the first time after her party won a landslide victory in the late November election. During her three-day visit, Aung San Suu Kyi met with the Burmese migrant workers across Thailand in Mahachai, the Thai military Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

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Aung San Suu Kyi will land in Bangkok for the first time since her triumphant 2015 election victory on June 23. Her Thai military hosts know something about elections: They tend not to respect their outcomes.

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After Aung San Suu Kyi lands in Bangkok on June 23 for a three-day visit, her first destination will not be Government House, but Mahachai, a district best known for seafood, 16km south of Bangkok. This coastal town has come to symbolize the Thailand-Myanmar relationship for decades. It has been the backdrop to media stories about human trafficking and slave labor as well as human rights abuses. During her first visit there in November 2012, Suu Kyi pledged to help the workers and urged them to fight for their rights.

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Rights groups are calling on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make greater progress in settling about 7,000 Muslim Myanmar refugees a year after they were rescued after being abandoned at sea by traffickers.

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Ever since the electoral triumph of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar, speculation has been growing about its foreign policy — how much continuity and change will occur — under the new government relative to its predecessors.

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Lee Hsien Loong has asked Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to use her high profile in the international community to boost the status of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during a visit to Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.

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Myanmar’s Union Parliament has approved Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), parliament sources said Tuesday.

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The plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar has attracted the world’s attention for years. In May 2015, the Rohingya refugee crisis grabbed international headlines when tens of thousands of Rohingya fled from Myanmar’s state-sponsored persecution in overcrowded boats heading toward Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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President U Htin Kyaw, met Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin yesterday during his visit to attend a Summit commemorating the 20th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partner Relations, state media reported.

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Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw left Yangon Wednesday to attend the two-day ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi.

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Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw made his first state visit to Laos on Friday, accompanied by Myanmar’s de facto leader State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, for a meeting with Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith at the presidential palace in Vientiane.
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The labour ministers of Burma and Thailand have agreed to proceed with a labour cooperation plan to import migrant workers through a government-to-government agreement, says a senior Thai ministry official.
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FOR the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the family of the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the Asean annual meeting.
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Myanmese Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi addressed foreign diplomats and laid out a new vision of Myanmar’s foreign policy in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. After winning a general election in November by a landslide, the National League for Democracy (NLD) formed the first civilian government since 1962.
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Ten Myanmar migrant workers are currently being detained against their will in a human-trafficking centre near Bangkok, according to a rights group. The men were identified as human-trafficking victims by Thai authorities.
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