European and Asian foreign ministers are gathering in Japan for the start of ministerial-level meetings on a range of subjects.
Diplomats say North Korea's weapons program, rising oil prices and Burma's human rights record are likely to top the agenda for the two-day meeting in Kyoto.
European Union officials say they plan to raise various political and human rights concerns during a meeting Friday with Burmese military officials, including the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
EU foreign ministers recently renewed sanctions against Rangoon for another year. The measures restrict travel by members of the ruling military junta, and ban E.U. investment in Burma.
Friday's meeting comes amid growing international pressure for Burma to step aside from its turn at leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Information for this report is provided by AP.