|President U Thein Sein (R) ceremonially handed over the position of the ASEAN chair to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the end of the 25th ASEAN Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw on November 13, 2014. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima|
Malaysia will kick-start its chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015 by hosting the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia fromJanuary 27to28, according the ASEAN secretariat in a press release received on January 2.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with Myanmar President to discuss the human rights situation in his country as it assumes the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2014, a top official said here on Thursday.
Despite concerns over Myanmar's sketchy human rights record, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is confident that it is capable of being an effective chairman in 2014, officials said here on Thursday.
Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia's regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature.