Jakarta, 27 April 2011

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H.E. Rafael Conde de Saroto, Ambassador of Spain to Indonesia yesterday paid a courtesy call to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan at the ASEAN Secretariat.

Dr Surin and Ambassador de Saroto discussed the political and economic developments in the region and ways to strengthen ASEAN-Spain cooperation. Dr Surin suggested that in light of the current developments in the international arena that have implications on governance, it is useful to explore the possibility of having inter-regional dialogues on ideas, especially those on justice and democracy. Ambassador de Saroto agreed that this is certainly something that should interest Spain.

One key strategy is to improve ASEAN awareness in the business and political sectors in Spain. To achieve that, Ambassador de Saroto invited Dr Surin to deliver talks in Spain and to interact with the political, social and business circles in Madrid and Barcelona, including a meeting with Spain’s Foreign Minister.

Ambassador de Saroto has been nominated to be the Ambassador of Spain to ASEAN. His accreditation is being processed.