The 16 th ASEAN-Republic of Korea (RoK) Dialogue, a senior officials’
meeting, was convened in Seoul on June 15 to discuss ways and means to
further strengthen strategic partnership between the two sides.
A press release of the ASEAN Secretariat said the two sides reviewed
progress made in the implementation of the Joint Declaration on
ASEAN-RoK Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity and the Plan of
Action to implement the joint declaration.
Both expressed their satisfaction with the significant progress that
has been achieved in ASEAN-RoK multi-faceted cooperation, an example of
which was the signing of the Agreement on Forest Cooperation between
ASEAN and the RoK in Bali , Indonesia , on November 2011.
In addition, the two sides exchanged views on the future direction of
ASEAN-RoK relations and underscored the need to continue to tap the vast
potential and opportunity that exist in the relations to build a strong
partnership that could contribute to the peace and prosperity in the
The RoK reiterated its strong
commitments to supporting ASEAN’s efforts to narrow the development gap
in the region, particularly in the Mekong region under the Mekong-RoK