Jakarta, 17 June 2011

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The Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, received the Letter of Credentials from the Ambassador of the Republic of Chile to ASEAN, Mr Eduardo Ruiz Asmussen, officially recognising him as the first Ambassador of Chile to ASEAN.

Dr Surin extended his warmest congratulations to Ambassador Asmussen for assuming the post and said he looks forward to working closely with him. They discussed ways and means to further enhance ASEAN-Chile cooperation, including possible cooperation between ASEAN and the Alianza del Pacifico (Pacific Alliance) which was created in April 2011 by Chile, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru, to forge trade and economic relations with the Asia-Pacific region. Panama is also in the process of joining the Alianza del Pacifico.