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Federal Foreign Minister meets ASEAN Secretary-General: ASEAN is a motor driving growth in the global economy

06.09.2011 - Press release

Following his talks with Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan of the Southeast Asian regional organization ASEAN, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin this afternoon (6 September):

EU-ASEAN cooperation has been growing for over 30 years. In 1978, ASEAN became the EU’s first partner in its interregional cooperation programme. It is the EU’s fifth-largest trading partner; Germany is the ASEAN member states’ biggest trading partner within the EU.

ASEAN has made a valuable contribution to peace and stability in the region, recently providing sensitive mediation in the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.

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