Serbia desires to expand cooperation with ASEAN, said Serbian Ambassador to ASEAN Jovan Jovanovi when presenting his credentials to ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh in Jakarta, Indonesia last week.

Ambassador Jovanovi affirmed ASEAN plays an increasing role in the region and the world, reiterating Serbia’s aspirations to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).

His appointment as Serbian permanent representative to ASEAN is an important start to the country’s efforts to strengthen comprehensive cooperation with ASEAN member nations in line with Serbia ’s foreign policy, added Jovanovi.

For his part, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh hailed Serbia ’s efforts to join TAC and promote cooperation with the regional bloc.

He called on ASEAN and Serbia to strengthen practical cooperation in the fields of common interest, seeing it as a firm foundation for closer ties between the two sides.-VNA