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Updated: 03/21/2013 03:58 | By Channel NewsAsia

S’pore looks forward to Myanmar’s full entry into ASEAN

S’pore looks forward to Myanmar’s full entry into ASEAN


S’pore looks forward to Myanmar’s full entry into ASEAN

BANGKOK: With Myanmar assuming the chair of ASEAN in 2014, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said the republic is looking forward to Myanmar’s full entry into the region’s activities.

Mr Teo said Singapore has always supported capacity building in Myanmar and will continue to do so as it reforms. He added that the process will benefit the region as a whole.

Mr Teo said: "When I was a young boy, Burmese rice was very well known as a commodity in Southeast Asia and world markets.

"And I mean even just one single commodity, I think it will help to contribute a great deal to feeding populations in Southeast Asia and the world. That is just one single commodity, and I think Myanmar has a lot more to offer than that."

Mr Teo was speaking in Bangkok, where he is visiting at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Chalerm Ubumrung.

He held talks with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday.

The two leaders discussed security matters and renewed already—strong bilateral ties.

— CNA/fa

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