Japan pledges continued support for ASEAN Community

Japan pledged to continue its strong support to ASEAN Community building efforts and consider ASEAN’s needs beyond 2015 with a view of ensuring competitiveness and promoting equitable development in the bloc.
Japan pledged to continue its strong support to ASEAN Community building efforts and consider ASEAN’s needs beyond 2015 with a view of ensuring competitiveness and promoting equitable development in the bloc.

According to a press release of the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh on July 1 met with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM 46) and related meetings in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

At the meeting, FM Kishida highlighted that in celebrating the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation this year, Japan will host an ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December.

For his part, Secretary-General Minh said the summit will issue a document outlining the medium-to-long term vision of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Relations and provide future direction on how to sustain the ASEAN-Japan multi-dimensional relations.

According to Minh, both sides need to develop more concrete projects and activities to effectively implement the ASEAN-Japan Plan of Action for the 2011-2015 period, further support ASEAN integration, narrow development gap and build the ASEAN Community by 2015.

The ASEAN secretary general expressed his hope that Japan will extend the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) beyond 2013 to help ASEAN realise the ASEAN Community by 2015.

In response, Minister Kishida said Japan would look into the matter and extended his invitation to Secretary General Minh to pay an official Japan visit later this year.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-VNA

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