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Thai Foreign Minister Stresses the Importance of ASEAN Unity

8 August 2017 (Readers 523)

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN unity and centrality amidst rising regional and global uncertainties in the changing geopolitical circumstances.
Mr. Don attended the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on 5 August 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The meeting reiterated the need for ASEAN to look outward and actively engage with external parties, based on the principles of international law.
It also stated that in order to strengthen ASEANs credibility, ASEAN must respect each others sovereignty, must uphold non-interference, and speak in a unified voice on matters of common concern.
As this year marks ASEANs 50th anniversary, the Foreign Ministers looked back on the successes of ASEAN since its founding in 1967 in Bangkok, amidst global uncertainties in the context of the Cold War.
Today, ASEAN is home to 630 million people, enjoying peace and security as well as economic growth. To ensure a people-centered community, the Foreign Ministers called for the implementation of key ASEAN documents, including the Initiative on ASEAN Integration Work Plan III and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, in order to narrow the development gaps between ASEAN Member States and enhance connectivity.
The meeting issued an ASEAN Foreign Ministers statement on the developments in the Korean Peninsula, expressing their grave concerns over the escalation of tensions in the region including the testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea, which threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world. The Foreign Ministers urged North Korea to comply fully with its obligations under all relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions.
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