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Deputy Minister Tlapa at EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Brussels

 

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Martin Tlapa took part in 20th EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Brussels on 23 July, 2014. In its margins, he held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maynmar/Burma U Wunna Maung Lwin.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of EU and ASEAN discussed possibilities to intensify cooperation in trade and regional and global security issues. In his statement, Deputy Minister Tlapa called for using existing synergies between EU and ASEAN to frame common political opinions on ongoing crisis outside Europe and Asia.

Ministers decided on drawing up a plan which would enhance EU-ASEAN partnership to a strategic level. ASEAN is a natural partner of EU in Asia. Free trade agreements currently negotiated between EU and several ASEAN countries constitute a significant chance to improve market access for Czech companies which are increasingly interested in trading with the Southeast Asia.

In the margins of the meeting, Deputy Minister Tlapa held bilateral talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maynmar/Burma U Wunna Maung Lwin. Noting the recent reopening of the Czech Embassy in Yangon, Deputy Minister Tlapa assured his partner that the Czech Republic remains interested in stimulating its bilateral relations with Myanmar/Burma, particularly in area of economic cooperation. He also expressed his support for furthering transition process that should lead the country towards greater democratization and better conditions for social and economic development.

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