JAKARTA, 13 October 2015 — Hungary expressed its strong desire and continued interest in enhancing ties and practical cooperation with ASEAN and ASEAN Member States (AMS) yesterday. This was conveyed by the new Hungarian Ambassador to ASEAN H.E. Mrs. Judith Németh-Pach who presented her credentials to Secretary-General of ASEAN H.E. Le Luong Minh.

Ambassador Németh-Pach reaffirmed Hungary’s foreign policy which seeks to forge economic, trade, investment and cultural ties with countries in the region. She said Hungary regards ASEAN as an increasingly important regional grouping which plays growing roles in all spheres. Hungary is also keen to work with the ASEAN Community when it is established by end of 2015.

In practical cooperation, she reiterated the commitment of Hungary to pursue cooperation in the field of education. He informed that Hungary has initiated special scholarship programmes which would offer 250 scholarships to students from ASEAN Member States to study in Hungary.

Ambassador Németh-Pach also informed that Hungary would be pleased to share with AMS its experience and lessons learned in for joining the European Union.

Secretary-General Minh welcomed and congratulated Ambassador Németh-Pach on her official assumption of duty. He assured that he and ASEAN Secretariat would work closely with her to contribute to promoting the relationship and cooperation between ASEAN and Hungary. Secretary-General Minh also welcomed the intention of Hungary to pursue practical cooperation with ASEAN and AMS. In particular, he expressed appreciation for Hungary’s meaningful initiative to offer a large number of scholarships to ASEAN students.

Further, Secretary-General Minh briefed Ambassador Németh-Pach on the progress made to establish the ASEAN Community by the end of this year. He mentioned that ASEAN was moving steadily towards realising an integrated, well connected and people-oriented Community. He added that ASEAN is finalising its Post-2015 Vision to guide the Community’s integration process over the next ten years. In this connection, he said that cooperation and continued support extended to ASEAN by its external partners, including the EU and EU Member States, are of high importance to ASEAN’s success and achievements.

Both sides also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of common interest.