Friday, September 22, 2017

State counsellor asked to lead ASEAN joint meetings

The prime minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong yesterday urged State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to act as a leader of joint ASEAN meetings with other countries, especially during the G20 summit. The latest role will add yet another responsibility onto the 70-year-old leader’s very full mandate running the National League for Democracy, heading the President’s Office, serving as foreign minister and assuming the role created for her as state counsellor.

U Zaw Htay, the spokesperson for the President’s Office, yesterday confirmed the request.

“ASEAN is very small but the group has to attend joint meetings with other major countries. And also ASEAN needs to attend the G20 meeting. The prime minister said that all of the international countries’ leaders know her [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] well, so he would like her to such joint meetings,” U Zaw Htaw said.

He added that she was asked to be the voice of the ASEAN on the international stage.

According to U Zaw Htay, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi responded in the affirmative and said she will do what she can to mediate collaborations between the ASEAN and the international community.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun