15 Nov '11, 5am

Ministers to discuss common visa for non-ASEAN travellers

Ministers to discuss common visa for non-ASEAN travellers

BALI: ASEAN foreign ministers have opened their preparatory meetings in Bali, Indonesia, ahead of the Leader's Summit which begins on Thursday. One of the topics discussed is the implementation of a common ASEAN visa for non-ASEAN citizens. This is to ease travel within ASEAN and observers say this can help boost tourism and travel in this part of the world. The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said the foreign ministers will also assess the outcomes of their meeting in July this year and also the informal meeting they had on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September this year. Among the issues to be discussed include setting up the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and a declaration on the conduct of the parties involved in the South China Sea. The foreign ministers will also be updated on the implementation of the ASEAN Charter, a major docu...

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