Aquino expresses support for the success of Indonesia as ASEAN chair this year

March 9, 2011 1:31 am 

JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 8 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday pledged his administration’s support to the success of the chairmanship of the Republic of Indonesia for the forthcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asian Summits this year.

The Chief Executive echoed his support in the presence of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his opening statement before their joint press conference at the Istana Merdeka or the Indonesian Palace here.

“We pledge our support for the success of the chairmanship of Indonesia for the forthcoming ASEAN and East Asian Summits,” the Chief Executive said.

Formed on Aug. 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, ASEAN is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia. Since then, the membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

It aims to include the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, and cultural development among its members, as well as the protection of the peace and stability of the region and to provide opportunities for the member-countries to discuss differences peacefully.

The President, who is on a three-day State Visit here, expressed confidence that the strength of the relationships between the peoples of the Philippines and Indonesia “can not go in any other direction but stronger and stronger”

He described his meeting with President Yudhoyono as cordial and “very productive.”

“And through that we thank again the leadership of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono without which this rapidity of our agreements and the elevation of the same would not have been possible,” he said. (PNA)

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