The European Union (EU) – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Senior Officials’ Meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium from 10 to 11 February 2020. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service and H.E. Stanley Loh, Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. The Meeting was attended by officials from all 27 EU and 10 ASEAN Member States, as well as by representatives from the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat.

We exchanged views on recent developments in the EU and ASEAN, which are two of the world’s leading regional organisations. ASEAN and the EU both believe in the importance of strengthening the rules-based multilateral system, including through the promotion of effective multilateralism. ASEAN and the EU have a shared interest in promoting international law and internationally agreed norms and standards, thereby contributing to a peaceful, fair and prosperous world.

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