JAKARTA, 31 May 2017— The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, H.E. Jean Asselborn, paid a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday and expressed interest in pursuing cooperative relationships with ASEAN and the ASEAN Member States. The message was conveyed during the meeting between Minister Asselborn and H.E. Hirubalan V P,  Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Department,.

DSG Hirubalan briefed Minister Asselborn on the progress of ASEAN community building as guided by the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and ASEAN’s efforts to enhance regional cooperation and integration. They explored potential collaboration and cooperation between ASEAN and Luxembourg in support of ASEAN community building and to contribute towards the promotion of ASEAN-EU relations. Capacity building for ASEAN on humanitarian assistance and disaster management was highlighted as one area of cooperation.

Minister Asselborn acknowledged that ASEAN has been playing an important role in maintaining peace, security and stability and promoting economic development in the region. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of regional integration and cooperation and that the people must not only derive tangible benefits from it but also recognise that they are better off because of regional integration in terms of security, safety as well as economic and social well-being.

DSG Hirubalan, expressed his appreciation for Luxembourg’s active role in promoting business linkages between ASEAN and Luxembourg including the hosting of an ASEAN Day on 8 May 2017 in Luxembourg to mark the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations.  The event was aimed at providing a platform for companies from ASEAN Member States and Luxembourg to network, exchange information and to explore business opportunities in the areas of digital technologies, transport, logistics and financial connectivity. DSG Hirubalan invited Luxembourg to attend a symposium on the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 to be held on 14 July 2017 in Manila.

DSG Hirubalan and Minister Asselborn also exchanged views on regional and international issues and challenges, including terrorism and violent extremism and the situation in the Korean Peninsula.