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Thai Deputy PM visits ASEAN Secretariat; meets with ASEAN SecGen

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JAKARTA, 21 October 2014 – H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, paid a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday after attending the inauguration ceremony of Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo.

Minister Tanasak was welcomed by H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, who said that despite its political challenges, Thailand has consistently reaffirmed and delivered on its commitment to fully and actively participate in the ASEAN Community building and addressed regional and international issues of common interest and concern. The Secretary-General expressed full confidence in the resilience of the Thai nation to overcome the present difficulties and return to sustainable democracy and stability in due course.

SG Minh also briefed Minister Tanasak on the progress of the ASEAN community building in three pillars, noting that regardless of the challenges, ASEAN is on track toward the realisation of ASEAN Community by 2015. Further, SG Minh highlighted Thailand’s commendable efforts in raising public awareness about ASEAN as well as promoting ASEAN centrality and unity amidst the shifting regional landscape. He also noted the country’s efforts in addressing issues that affect regional peace and stability.    

Minister Tanasak expressed appreciation to the Secretary-General and the ASEAN Secretariat for their dedication and contributions to ASEAN. He reaffirmed Thailand’s strong commitment to its active and full participation in the realisation of the ASEAN Community by 2015. He stressed the importance of developing ASEAN’s common position and coordinated action on various issues of common interest and concern such as sustainable development, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and peace-keeping.

The visiting Thai dignitary reiterated Thailand’s consistent policy to provide all necessary resources to support the Secretary-General and the ASEAN Secretariat in the performance of their tasks to meet the needs and requirements of the ASEAN Community building and the post-2015 vision. Minister Tanasak extended his invitation to Secretary-General Minh to visit Thailand in the near future.

The meeting was followed by short tour of the Secretariat premises.

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