Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will attend the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Naypyidaw in Burma on November 20.
During this 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Jean-Yves Le Drian will underscore the importance of revitalizing this inter-regional forum, 20 years after its creation. The ministers will discuss the regional crises during the meeting and will reaffirm Europe and Asia’s shared commitment to multilateralism, including with respect to climate issues which will be central to the discussions.
The situation of the Rohingya, and in particular the return of the refugees, is a matter of grave concern for France. During a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, the minister will push for access to humanitarian assistance and the need for independent investigations into the accusations of human rights violations.
Mr. Le Drian will reaffirm France’s support for the democratic transition in Burma led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the only way to bring about the return of the rule of law and to contribute to lasting peace throughout the country.