JAKARTA, 11 October 2017— Portugal expressed its keen interest in strengthening cooperative relationship with ASEAN and ASEAN Member States, including through the ASEAN-EU framework. This message was conveyed by Ambassador of Portugal to ASEAN, Rui Fernando Sucena Do Carmo during the presentation of his Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN, Le Luong Minh at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday.

Secretary-General Minh welcomed the interest and encouraged Portugal to explore opportunities for closer cooperation with ASEAN.

Ambassador Carmo congratulated ASEAN on its achievements over the past 50 years and stated that Portugal viewed ASEAN as an anchor of peace, stability and socio-economic development in the region.  With the positive sign of Portugal’s economic recovery, he hoped for greater economic cooperation between Portugal and ASEAN in the future.

Secretary-General Minh and Ambassador Carmo also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest.