The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conveys its warmest greetings to the Government and people of Canada on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Canada Dialogue relations.

Since the first formal meeting of ASEAN Directors-General and Canada Senior Officials on Economic Cooperation held in Manila on 3-4 February 1977, ASEAN-Canada relations have developed in all three ASEAN Community pillars. Canada has demonstrated active engagement in the Southeast Asian region, including through ASEAN’s mechanisms such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The Joint Declaration on the ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership adopted in 2009 frames current engagement in a comprehensive, action-oriented and forward-looking manner alongside a Plan of Action for 2016-2020 that guides concrete cooperation between both sides.

Both ASEAN and Canada have been committed to addressing common traditional and non-traditional challenges, upholding international law, and maintaining peace and security in the region. ASEAN values Canada’s commitments and interests in further strengthening relations with ASEAN as well as its continued support for ASEAN Centrality and community building efforts.

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