H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN warmly welcomed H.E. Mr. Marc Thill, Ambassador designate of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, into the Non-ASEAN Ambassadors to ASEAN (NAAA) circle and expressed appreciation to the EU for its continued support towards the building of the ASEAN Community by 2015. Dr Surin also explained the outcomes and issues at the recent 21st ASEAN Summit and its Related Summits in Phnom Penh as well as the outcome of the ASEM 9 in Vientiane early this month.

Both Dr. Surin and Ambassador Thill exchanged views on wide range of issues in the region ranging from South China Sea issues to Korean Peninsula, new development in Myanmar and Rohingya issues, as well as touched on the issue of EU’s interest to join EAS.

Ambassador Thill presented his Letter of Credentials to Dr. Surin, thus assuming his official post as Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to ASEAN with his resident in Bangkok, yesterday at ASEAN Secretariat.