Labuan Bajo, NTT (ANTARA) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi led the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), or AMM, as part of the 42nd ASEAN Summit agenda on Tuesday.

The meeting took place in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara. In addition to Marsudi, the AMM was attended by the foreign affairs ministers of six ASEAN member countries: Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The two remaining member countries, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, were represented by their senior officials.

Out of the 10 ASEAN members, the only country that did not send its representative for the AMM meeting was Myanmar.

The AMM meeting on Tuesday was also participated in by the foreign affairs minister of Timor Leste, the country which is currently in the process of becoming the 11th member of ASEAN.

At this year's AMM, the ministers discussed several ASEAN priority issues that were also raised at the Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) on Monday.

ASEAN Cooperation Director at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sidharto Suryodipuro outlined a number of issues discussed during the meeting, including Timor Leste's full membership to the grouping.

The AMM also discussed the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).

If the ASEAN Coordination Council (ACC) ratifies the Timor Leste membership road map during the meeting, the discussion will then be taken forward to the summit to be adopted by ASEAN countries.

"(ACC) will identify the requirements that Timor Leste must meet to be accepted as a full member of ASEAN," he informed at a press briefing on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, in relation to TAC accession, Suryodipuro said that there are three countries that have applied to agree to the treaty and become ASEAN partners—Saudi Arabia, Panama, and Spain.

This year's AMM was not attended by Myanmar's political representative following ASEAN's decision to continue to exempt the country from high-level meetings within the organization.

Myanmar's military junta is considered to have failed to implement the Five-Point Consensus. The consensus was a peace plan initiated by ASEAN leaders in April 2021 to help end the conflict in Myanmar.

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