Asean News

Asean meetings start in Laos

Preparatory meetings are being held ahead of the 49th Asean foreign ministers’ summit that will mainly focus on border cooperation, regional security and peace.

The foreign ministers' event is due to start on July 24. The Asean "high-ranking officials’ meeting" started on Wednesday and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to Asean on Thursday.

Thai defence chief discusses border dispute

A goodwill delegation led by General Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy prime minister and defence minister of Thailand, held talks with President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting mainly focused on Myanmar migrant workers’ affairs, promoting bilateral trade and solving border disputes.

Military chief meets Thai counterpart, praises bond

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, met his counterpart General Sommai Kaotira from Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw on February 3.

They discussed election issues, the military’s role in securing stability, training, sending recruits for lessons in agricultural and livestock breeding and increasing the relationship with the Thai armed forces, military sources said.

AEC will build peace and stability: secretary general

Establishing the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will enhance peace and stability within the region, according to Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the association.

“Asean will unite on political, economic and social issues now members share strong beliefs and perspectives. The people share friendships and want peace and stability in the region. We will experience opportunities and riches by joining together with the rest of the world,” said the secretary general.

The AEC will start on December 31.

Myanmar migrant workers recreate murder of Thai student


Four Myanmar migrant workers re-enacted the the killing of a Thai student on October 27, according to Min Oo, a member of the Myanmar Embassy’s Special Investigation Team.

The arrest of the Myanmar migrant workers in connection with the murder of the Thai student in Ranong has sparked concerns among other Myanmar workers in Thailand.