ASEAN and Australia to Strengthen Comprehensive Partnership

JAKARTA, 29 September 2014 - ASEAN and Australia reaffirmed their shared commitment to further strengthen their comprehensive partnership at the 4th ASEAN-Australia Joint Cooperation Committee (AAJCC) Meeting on 25 September at ASEAN Secretariat. During the meeting, they discussed preparations for ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit to be held on 12 November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to mark the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations as an opportunity to elevate the mature ties to a higher level.

“2014 is a banner year for ASEAN-Australia relations even as we hold this AAJCC on the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of our relations. Indeed, a number of activities have been undertaken to mark the long and mutually beneficial friendship that ASEAN and Australia have been according each other,” said H.E. Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN. “2014 is also the year we completed the successor document to our Plan of Action which was adopted by our Ministers at the Post Ministerial Conference with Australia in August in Nay Pyi Taw. We remember fondly, of course, the landmark visit to Australia of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, where we met with no less than Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb,” Ambassador Buensuceso added.