JAKARTA, 16 March 2016 — Belgium yesterday reaffirmed its strong commitment to pursue practical cooperation with ASEAN. This was conveyed by H.E Dirk Achten, Secretary-General of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Belgium during his courtesy call on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh.

Secretary-General Achten also said that Belgium will work through the European Union (EU) to continue to share EU’s experiences and best practices with ASEAN in areas of mutual interests.

Secretary-General Minh updated Secretary-General Achten on recent developments in ASEAN, including the establishment of the ASEAN Community. He added that relations between ASEAN and the EU are continuing to deepen and that both sides should work to towards establishing a Strategic Partnership.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concerns.

The visit of Secretary-General Achten is in conjunction with the visit the Belgian Economic Mission to Indonesia, which is presided over by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium from 12 to 19 March 2016.