PV Desk : Though silent about the protracted Rohingya crisis, State Counsellor and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday called for a new and stronger partnership among countries in Asia and Europe for the maintenance and promotion of peace and sustainable development through collective efforts.
“We must continue to nurture partnership to create new connections — not just between governments but also across the private sectors and civil societies and of course people to people,” she said.
Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader who is widely criticised over Rohingya issue, made the remark while delivering her speech at the inaugural session of the two-day 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers meeting at Myanmar International Convention Centre here without touching the Rohingya crisis.
European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, among others, addressed the opening session.
Two youth representatives presented their visions on the ASEM process.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali is leading Bangladesh delegation.
Suu Kyi said there is a vital need for new and stronger partnership to address far-reaching challenges such as regional and international conflicts, on domestic security, and threat of terrorism and violent extremism in their various forms and manifestation.
She said the discussions during the two days will provide opportunities for all of them to reflect on progress made and explore future areas for the enhancement of political, economic, social, cultural in line with the three pillars of ASEM Cooperation.