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LAST_UPDATEMon, 18 Dec 2017 9am

People-To-People Partnership Needed To Address Challenges: Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON -- Partnerships, not just between governments, but people-to-people, are needed to address far-reaching challenges, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi said at the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM13) on Monday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

ASEM FMM13, one of the meetings under the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe which is being held in Nay Pyi Taw for two days.

"The ASEM mechanism provides a unique opportunity for policy-makers of Asia and Europe to exchange views, share best practices and explore the best ways and means of addressing the challenges of global affairs," the state counsellor said in a statement at the opening ceremony of the meeting.

At the ceremony, coordinators from the Philippines, Pakistan, the European Union and Estonia gave opening speeches, while youth representatives presented their vision on ASEM.

Plenary meetings under topics "Synergising Peace and Sustainable Development," "3rd Decade of ASEM: Making ASEM Partnership More Dynamic and Connected" will be held until Monday evening.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to foster dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe.

-- BERNAMA