JAKARTA, 25 February 2016 – Greece will work to strengthen its relations with ASEAN to tap the vast potentials both sides have to offer, said the new Ambassador of Greece to ASEAN, H.E. Georgios Dogoritis, during his presentation of Letter of Credence to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the latter’s office yesterday. Ambassador Dogoritis also said that Greece will promote cooperation with ASEAN within the ASEAN-EU dialogue framework.

Secretary-General Minh welcomed Ambassador Dogoritis and noted that ASEAN and Greece could further tap on each other’s potentials to promote substantial cooperation including in the fields of trade and investment. Secretary-General Minh and Ambassador Dogoritis discussed possible ways to further promote business-to-business cooperation. They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concerns.

In a separate occasion, the new Ambassador of the Italian Republic to ASEAN, H.E. Vittorio Sandalli, who presented his Letter of Credence to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, said that Italy seeks to strengthen its relationship with ASEAN and its Member States. Ambassador Sandalli added that Italy would also promote cooperation between ASEAN and the EU.

Secretary-General Minh welcomed Ambassador Sandalli and noted the substantial economic relations between ASEAN and Italy, and the potentials to be further tapped and promoted. They also exchanged views on ways and means to further promote private sector engagement between both sides. Ambassador Sandalli recalled the establishment of an Italy-ASEAN forum/association which would serve as a platform to provide greater awareness for Italian private sector and businesses on the trade and investment opportunities in ASEAN. The announcement on the establishment of an Italy-ASEAN forum/association was made by H.E. Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy, who accompanied President Mattarella during the latter’s visit to the ASEAN Secretariat on 10 November 2015.

Secretary-General Minh told Ambassador Sandalli that the realisation of the ASEAN Community is significant as it signals to the rest of the world how far and how well the ASEAN Member States have achieved in coming together as one Community. It is a historic milestone for the region and a culmination of ASEAN’s resilience and dynamism throughout a journey that spans nearly half a century.