The United States (US) always attaches special importance to its relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and hopes the group will enjoy a stronger development in the future.

The newly-accredited US Ambassador to ASEAN, Nina Hachigian made the statement when she presented her credentials to ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 3.

Hachigian affirmed that she is willing to work closely with ASEAN Secretariat and its member nations in a series of cooperation programmes, including the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and climate change.

Minh appreciated the US’s strong engagement to the Asian Pacific region, stressing that the growing relations between ASEAN and the US contributes significantly to creating a favourable environment for promoting peace, stability and development in the region.

The two officials shared the hope that the upcoming US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit will help further the bilateral relations.

The US became an ASEAN’s dialogue partner in 1977. The ASEAN, founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand comprises 10 members namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-VNA