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Myanmar President Thein Sein opens 47th Asean Ministerial Meeting in Naypyitaw

Published on Aug 8, 2014 12:11 PM

NAYPYITAW - Asean should share its benefits with the most marginalised sectors of the region's societies, Myanmar's President Thein Sein told a gathering of foreign ministers and senior officials at the opening of the 47th Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Naypyitaw on Friday.

"We should not forget that our ultimate aims should be to bring prosperity to our people, raise living standards, and ensure peace and stability (and) the promotion of human dignity," he said.

Mr Thein Sein, a former general credited with steering Myanmar through a sometimes rough transition to democracy after over four decades of stifling military dictatorship, added that "the absence of wars and conflicts has become a symbol of Asean", but warned that extremism was a challenge.

"Making use of improved communication and information technology, some small groups of people are exploiting the technology in order to spread hatred and to incite people," he said.

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