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Myanmar's leaders target ASEAN ties with first foreign trip

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi (second left) in Laos Friday.

VIENTIANE -- Myanmar President Htin Kyaw and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's choice of Laos for their first trip abroad reaffirms the new administration's focus on building ties with the rest of Southeast Asia.

Suu Kyi, acting as state counselor and foreign minister, accompanied Htin Kyaw in talks with his Laotian counterpart, Bounnhang Vorachith, and other officials Friday. Laos is a good neighbor to Myanmar, and was selected as the site of the president's first state visit to beef up ties with fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, she told The Nikkei after meeting with the heads of state. Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.

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