President SBY Satisfied with ASEAN progress, Reconfirms Support to SG Minh Towards Achieving ASEAN Community
H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN made a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia today at the State Palace, Jakarta.
President Yudhoyono welcomed and extended warmest congratulation to SG Minh for assuming his post as Secretary-General of ASEAN. He reasserted that Indonesia is pleased to see the progress made by ASEAN and stands ready to work with ASEAN, especially with SG Minh, to ensure the successful progress of ASEAN Community Building.
SG Minh expressed gratitude for Indonesia’s steadfast support for ASEAN Community Building as well as for the ASEAN Secretariat thus far. SG Minh further informed President SBY on the progress made and challenges faced in implementing the blueprints of the three ASEAN Community pillars, namely the ASEAN Political - Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). He reiterated the importance of continuing upholding the community building—taking into account of the challenges, including the short period of time to the deadline of 2015.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the implementation of ASEAN Community Building and agreed on points and priorities to achieve the ASEAN Community by 2015. They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.