Asean foreign ministers
meeting opens in Manila

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FOREIGN ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) Nations converged in Manila on Saturday for the 50th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM).

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The foreign ministers from the 10-member bloc were welcomed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)  in Pasay City.

Headed by Cayetano, the AMM comes following talks between the region’s senior officials and diplomats in Manila in April as representatives seek progress on regional and international issues of common concern and interest.

The 10 foreign ministers of Asean were also joined by those from dialogue partners, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as
North Korea’s Ri Yong-Ho, Japan’s Fumio Kishida and South Korea’s Kang Kyung-wha for talks.

Foreign Ministers and representatives from dialogue partners, including Russia, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan,  Papua New Guinea,  Timor Leste, European Union also joined  forums to push forward respective relations with the 10-member Asean.

Asean Secretary-General Le Luong Minh was also present at the meetings.

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