JAKARTA, 1 November 2016 — Afghanistan expressed its admiration for ASEAN’s success in regional integration and community building and conveyed its interest to learn from ASEAN in order to forge closer relations.

The first Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to ASEAN Roya Rahmani conveyed this message during the presentation of her Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday. She also stated that her country would like to explore greater relationships and cooperation with ASEAN Member States.

Secretary-General Minh congratulated Ambassador Rahmani on her assumption of duty as Afghanistan’s first Ambassador to ASEAN. He updated her on the establishment of the ASEAN Community and the adoption of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which includes ASEAN’s aspiration to further advance its relations with external partners. He also welcomed Afghanistan’s interest in enhancing relationship with ASEAN and its Member States.