Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thein Sein to attend ASEAN Summit in Cambodia

Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:39 Myo Thant

Burmese President Thein Sein will attend the current ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh from Saturday, November 17, and will stay in the country for four days, the summit organizers have said.

The summit began on Thursday, November 15, at the 10-storey Vimean Santepheap building in the Cambodian capital, and will conclude on November 20.

The Burmese president is due to arrive in Cambodia at 10:00 a.m. on November 17 on a special flight, and he will leave the country at 10:00 a.m. on November 21, according to the summit program.

The Vikmean Santepaep Building in Phnom Penh, which is hosting the ASEAN Summit from November 15-20, 2012.

Several Burmese government ministers—Foreign Affairs Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, President Office Ministers Tin Naing Thein and Soe Thein, National Planning and Economic Development Minister Dr. Kan Zaw, and Health Minister Dr. Pe Thet Khin—will arrive in Cambodia to attend the ASEAN summit on November 16 and stay until November 21.

Alongside the leaders of the 10 ASEAN member states, several other notable world leaders will attend the conference—Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak, New Zealand premier John Key, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama.

Obama is scheduled to visit Burma on November 19 when he is likely to meet Aung San Suu Kyi on her return from India.

According to sources close to the Burmese President’s Office, Thein Sein and his US counterpart will meet on November 19; however details of Thein Sein’s schedule are not yet available.

Sources in Burma speculate that Thein Sein will fly back to Burma specifically to meet with Obama on Monday, then return to Phnom Penh to conclude the ASEAN summit.

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