ASEAN member states call for closer cooperation

Friday, 2018-01-05 08:10:08
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(From left) Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi, Asean Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi, Singapore Permanent Representative Ambassador Tan Hung Seng and former Asean Secretary-General Le Luong Minh hold the Asean golden jubilee orchid at the ceremony in Jakarta, on Jan 5, 2017.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA
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NDO/VNA – Former Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Le Luong Minh has called for more efforts and closer cooperation from the group’s member nations to promote intra-bloc development.

In his speech at the ceremony for the transfer of office in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 5, Minh highlighted the significance of the formation of the ASEAN Community, which he described as an important milestone proving the group’s dynamic development as well as its member states’ political spirit and solid commitments.

For his part, new ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi showed his honour and pride at taking on the position.

He emphasised the need to maintain and enhance the central role played by ASEAN in the context of complicated regional and global developments.

Indonesian Foreign Minister RetnoMarsudi remarked that apart from fostering its development to bring benefits to people in the region, ASEAN needs to do more for the world.

While mentioning the common challenges that ASEAN will face in the future, she called on the member nations to continue their active contributions to the group’s development.

On the occasion, the ASEAN Secretariat organised the ground-breaking ceremony for its new building which is situated next to the existing one. The 16-floor building is expected to be completed after one year of construction.