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Myanmar hosts first Foreign Ministers' meet as Asean chair

Published on Jan 17, 2014 9:28 PM

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam attended the Asean Foreign Ministers' Retreat on Friday at the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar, the first ministerial meeting hosted by the country which assumed its first chairmanship of Asean this year.

At the retreat, the foreign ministers affirmed the need to energise efforts towards community-building and integration in the region, in order to establish an Asean Community by 2015, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

They also agreed to cooperate more on issues affecting the region, and explored ways for Asean to support reconstruction efforts in the Philippines, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov 8 last year.

The ministers were urged to do more to tackle the issue of haze pollution, which transcends borders, to protect the health and welfare of their people as the dry season approaches.

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