Jakarta, 26 January 2012

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina to ASEAN H.E. Mr. Javier A. Sanz de Urquiza, presented his Letter of Credence to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday.

Ambassador Sanz de Urquiza expressed his gratitude to ASEAN and its Member States for accepting him as the first Ambassador of Argentina to ASEAN. He expressed his intention to promote more ASEAN awareness in the Latin American continent, especially in Argentina. H.E. thus extended his invitation to ASEAN officials to give lectures and talk to the Argentina diplomatic, business and academic communities in Argentina.

Warmly welcoming Ambassador Sanz de Urquiza, Dr Surin stated that ASEAN Secretariat looked forward to working closely with him to further enhance the relationship between ASEAN and Argentina. Dr Surin also thanked Ambassador Javier for the invitation and promised to look into any window opportunity to send officials to give talk on ASEAN Awareness in Argentina.

Dr Surin also suggested that all non-ASEAN Ambassadors to ASEAN are encouraged to initiate activities such as exhibitions to promote the awareness of their relations with ASEAN. ASEAN Secretariat could offer the Hibiscus Hall as the venue for such events.