1. The 29th ASEAN-Australia Forum was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 9-10 March 2017. Representatives from all ASEAN Member States, Australia, and the ASEAN Secretariat attended this, the third Forum since the elevation of the ASEAN-Australia relationship to a Strategic Partnership. The Forum was co-chaired by H.E. U Myint Thu, SOM Leader and Director General, ASEAN Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and H.E. Mr Gary Quinlan, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia.
  2. Australia congratulated ASEAN on the 50th Anniversary landmark achievement. Australia acknowledged the importance of ASEAN processes in facilitating dialogue, consultation, and engagement that have underpinned peace, stability and economic growth in the region, and created the conditions necessary for the people of ASEAN and the region to enjoy peace, security and growing prosperity. Australia looked forward to partnering with ASEAN on a range of activities this year to commemorate ASEAN’s 50th

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