ASEAN Secretariat, 14 January 2011

The Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan today received a delegation from the German Bundestag (the national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany) led by Mr. Georg Schirmbeck (CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group) at the ASEAN Secretariat.

During their meeting, Mr. Schirmbeck exchanged views with Dr Surin on the recent developments in ASEAN, the European Union and Germany. Mr Schirmbeck expressed Germany’s support to ASEAN for its community building efforts and the work of the Secretary-General of ASEAN.

In return, Dr Surin expressed his appreciation to Germany for their assistance and support to ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat. He said that ASEAN values German assistance and hopes that Germany will continue its support to help ASEAN grow into a Community. They also exchanged views with Mr. Schirmbeck on ways to move forward ASEAN-Germany and ASEAN-EU cooperation.

Mr. Schirmbeck was in Asia for a tour of several ASEAN Member States. He was accompanied by the Ambassador of Germany to ASEAN, Dr. Norbert Baas.