The First ASEAN-Australia Biennial Summit was held on 7 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Thongloun SISOULITH, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR .The Summit was attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

2. The ASEAN Leaders welcomed Australia’s support for the establishment of the ASEAN Community, which is a culmination of an almost five-decade long effort of regional integration that is aimed at building a politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible, and a truly people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community. The ASEAN Leaders encouraged Australia to further contribute towards the realisation of the vision and goals outlined in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. We emphasized the importance of the rule of law in international relations.

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