JAKARTA, 2 December 2014 – H.E. Yvonne Baumann, presented her Letter of Credence to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, as Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to ASEAN yesterday at ASEAN Secretariat.

Secretary-General Minh congratulated Ambassador Baumann for assuming her duty and welcomed Switzerland’s renewed commitment to pursuing closer partnership and economic ties with ASEAN. SG Minh encouraged Ambassador Baumann to explore practical cooperative activities that could be undertaken between ASEAN and Switzerland in the areas of mutual interest and Switzerland’s expertise, including disaster risk reduction and climate change.

Ambassador Baumann said that as Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to ASEAN, she would play an active role in promoting and developing Switzerland’s closer partnership and relations with ASEAN, including through the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which is composed of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

SG Minh briefed Ambassador Baumann on the progress of the ASEAN Community building. They also exchanged views on a number of international and regional issues.