New York, USA, 28 September 2011

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The ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Meeting was held in New York on Monday, on the sidelines of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Meeting was co-chaired by the Indonesian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa, and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, H.H. Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan. The Secretary-General of GCC, Dr Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, and Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community, Mr Sayakane Sisouvong, were also in attendance.

The Meeting reviewed the progress on ASEAN-GCC cooperation in pursuance to the ASEAN-GCC Two-Year Action Plan adopted at the 2nd ASEAN-GCC Ministerial Meeting in Singapore, on 1 June last year. The Work Plan identified activities and measures for closer collaboration and cooperation to be jointly undertaken in the areas of trade and investment, economic and development cooperation, education and training, culture and information, and mutual consultation in international matters.

The Meeting also exchanged views on the developments in the two regions, including the issues of Palestine’s bid for statehood and UN membership, and cooperation on combating sea piracy. It also discussed the future direction of the ASEAN-GCC cooperation and the preparations for the 3rd ASEAN-GCC Ministerial Meeting to be held in Abu Dhabi, the UAE later this year.