Tue, 26 Sep 2023

PHNOM PENH -- The 55th ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings have successfully concluded here, adopting some 30 documents on regional cooperation, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said on Saturday.

"We have reviewed the progress made thus far to strengthen ASEAN's community building, advance regional integration, and enhance our cooperation with external partners," he told a press conference at the end of the meetings. (ASEAN FMs Meeting-Conclusion-Documents)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka on Friday appointed a committee to select suitable companies to import, distribute and sell petroleum products in the country, said a minister on Saturday.

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said that they want multiple companies to engage in the petroleum industry in Sri Lanka. (Sri Lanka-Fuel)

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TOKYO -- Japan marked the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of its western city of Hiroshima on Saturday.

At a memorial ceremony held at the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui cautioned in the Peace Declaration that dependence on nuclear deterrence is gaining momentum in the world. (Japan-Hiroshima-Anniversary)

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PHNOM PENH -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed here on Friday the role of the ASEAN-centered cooperation platform in maintaining peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Addressing the 29th ASEAN regional forum foreign ministers' meeting in phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wang said under the current circumstances, the aspirations of regional countries for maintaining peace and stability and for promoting common security do not change, their appeals to speed up economic recovery and achieve sustainable development do not change, and their spirit of seeking solidarity and cooperation, and pulling together to tide over the difficult times does not change. (ASEAN-Wang-Role)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's retail fuel prices have been hiked to levels not seen since the country's independence in 1971.

The Bangladeshi government Friday night hiked the fuel prices by up to 51.7 percent with effect from Saturday. (Bangladesh-Fuel Prices)

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PHNOM PENH -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday made a three-point proposal to enhance East Asia cooperation when attending the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wang said that the East Asia Summit was founded with the clear purposes of promoting regional peace, stability and development, emphasizing its adherence to the centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its commitment to the integrated development and common prosperity of East Asia. (East Asia Summit-Wang-Proposal)

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