We, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, gathered on 6 August 2017 in Manila, the Philippines, at the Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) +1 Session with the European Union (EU) to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations;

Recognising that 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations; and stressing that over the last four decades, regional integration has made a very positive contribution to peace, stability, security and prosperity in Southeast Asia, Europe and globally and reaffirming the crucial role that regionalism and multilateralism can play in today’s world;

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