Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai concludes productive ASEAN meetings
July 22-23, 2009
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deepak Obhrai, concluded meetings with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), where he exchanged views with officials from ASEAN and ASEAN Regional Forum countries on a range of regional and global issues.
Highlights of Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai’s meetings included:
- the unanimous adoption of the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership, which will form the cornerstone of Canada’s relationship with ASEAN and define the multi-faceted cooperation between Canada and ASEAN members in the years to come. The Declaration provides the opportunity to advance Canadian priorities in diverse fields, including human rights and fundamental freedoms, counterterrorism, transnational issues, security, trade and investment, sustainable development and people-to-people contacts.
- raising Canadian concerns regarding the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the human rights situation in Burma.