The prime minister also backed a rules-based regional security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region, sending a subtle message to China against its military assertiveness in the area.
The draft did not give any details of the situation in northern Rakhine state or use the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, which Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked foreign leaders not to use.
The statement will be issued after a meeting later between China and the 10-member ASEAN.
Like it or not, the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.
The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum.
A letter signed by South Asians in the arts and media calls on world leaders to pressure the Myanmar government to stop atrocities and grant them Rohingya citizenship.