Excellencies, Leaders of ASEAN and Partners,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to address the Opening Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit and related Summits – the most important series of ASEAN meetings in the year.
At every ASEAN event that I attend, I always leave with memories of the warmth, solidarity and close-knit brotherhood of our big family. This year, such familial bonds have only become stronger as ASEAN Member States stand hand-inhand in cohesiveness and responsiveness to cope with the challenges facing Southeast Asia and the world at large.