H.E.  Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN expressed appreciation for Australia’s strong commitment to deepen and enhance its cooperation with ASEAN to H.E.  Peter Varghese, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia during their recent meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat.

SG Minh also recognized Australia’s support to ASEAN’s central role in regional cooperation as well as ASEAN’s Community building efforts. The Secretary-General further briefed Secretary Varghese on the recent developments in ASEAN.

Secretary Varghese said Australia placed high priority on ASEAN in its policy towards the region, especially in maintaining peace and stability. Mr. Varghese reaffirmed that Australia will appoint its resident Ambassador to ASEAN by the end of 2013. He also presented a letter from H.E. Bob Carr, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, inviting SG Minh to visit Australia this year.

SG Minh and Secretary Varghese further exchanged views on regional and international issues.