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 18 Feb 2009

Asean welcomes appointment of Canadian ambassador
Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Surin Pitsuwan, said on Feb. 16 that Asean welcomed Canada’s appointment of John T. Holmes as its first ambassador to the organisation.

According to the Secretary General, Canada is a long-standing partner of Asean. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of Asean-Canada dialogue relations.

“With ambassador Holmes' appointment, I believe Asean-Canada relations will be further enhanced and cooperation intensified in the political and security, economic and socio-cultural fields,” he was quoted as saying.

Ambassador Holmes is currently Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia, with concurrent accreditation to Timor-Leste.

Under the Asean Charter, non-ASEAN member states and relevant inter-governmental organisations may appoint ambassadors to Asean. So far, 13 countries, in addition to the European Commission, have appointed their ambassadors to the bloc.

This number is expected to grow since all 27 member states of the European Union are expected to appoint their ambassadors to Asean in the future.




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