TOKYO, 8 March 2018 – The Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E. Taro Kono in Tokyo, at the sidelines of the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) Ministerial Conference, yesterday.
 
Minister Kono congratulated Dato Lim on his assumption of the post of Secretary-General and reaffirmed Japan’s continued support and commitment to ASEAN and its Community building efforts. He also underlined the important role of ASEAN in promoting peace and stability in the region.
 
The Secretary-General underscored Japan as an important partner to ASEAN, and appreciated Japan’s commitment for greater collaboration to advance ASEAN-Japan relations.
 
Both sides exchanged views on ASEAN-Japan cooperation and in areas of mutual interests, and looked forward to the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan dialogue relations.