JAKARTA, 1 November 2016 – Armenia is keen on forging cooperative relations with ASEAN and its Member States, and would also push for region-to-region cooperation between ASEAN and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), said its Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian  during his meeting with Secretary-General of ASEAN, Le Luong Minh at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday.

Welcoming Minister Nalbandian and his delegation to the ASEAN Secretariat, Secretary-General Minh conveyed that the establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015 was a major milestone in the integration process and the ability of the region to maintain peace, stability, and economic competitiveness. Secretary-General Minh highlighted that ASEAN would continue to enhance its engagement and cooperative relations with potential partners as well as responding collectively and constructively to global developments and issues of common concerns.

Minister Nalbandian stated that Armenia views ASEAN as an important regional integration grouping for the region and beyond its geographical boundaries. He was particularly interested in ASEAN’s achievements in facilitating flows of goods, services, capital, movement of skilled labour and ease of travel for ASEAN nationals within the region.

Secretary-General Minh and Minister Nalbandian also exchanged views on the potentials for closer cooperation between ASEAN and the EAEU.