ASEAN, EU Discuss Future Direction of Partnership

BRUSSELS, 3 July 2015 - The 23rd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials' Meeting was held yesterday in Brussels to review the ASEAN-EU Enhanced Partnership and discuss future direction. The Meeting noted with satisfaction the progress achieved in ASEAN-EU relations and shared willingness to work towards a Strategic Partnership embracing all aspects of mutual interest, including those underpinned by political and security cooperation. In this connection, ASEAN welcomed the interest of the EU in furthering engagement with the region through all ASEAN-led processes. The Meeting agreed there should be mechanisms to intensify the follow-up work towards an ASEAN-EU strategic partnership and welcomed Thailand's offer, as incoming country coordinator for relations with the EU, to take this forward.