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EU, Asean Hail Improved Relations

27 April 2012

The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will hold a summit in Brunei on Friday to chart the future of relations between the two regional groupings in the wake of changes in Burma. “The remarkable transformation that is under way in Myanmar will further strengthen EU-Asean relations,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, days after the EU announced it was suspending sanctions on Burma that have long been an obstacle to smooth relations between the blocs.