Bali, Indonesia, 16 November 2011

H.E. Mr Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Minister of the External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, today made a courtesy call on the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, on the occasion of the 19th ASEAN Summit & Related Summits.

Dr Surin said he was pleased with today’s signing ceremony of Brazil to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) and expressed hope that Brazil could complete its necessary domestic procedures in time to accede the TAC in June next year in Cambodia.

As a regional and global emerging power, Brazil’s signing of the treaty, will not only demonstrate Brazil’s strong commitment to strengthen its political and security engagement with ASEAN, but it will also forge closer cooperation and chart the future direction of regional cooperation, said Dr Surin.

Minister Patriota explained to Dr Surin of the importance Brazil attaches to its relationship with ASEAN, and the desire of his Government to strengthen relations in the region. Minister Patriota expressed confidence that Brazil will continue to fruitfully cooperate with ASEAN to address both regional and global challenges on bilateral, regional and multilateral basis. He also updated Dr Surin of the improving economic and social developments in Brazil, following the recent changes in Brazil’s government. Among other issues, ways on enhancing energy cooperation was discussed.

Brazil has now become the first Latin America country to sign the TAC with ASEAN.