Spain says it wants to strengthen re­la­tions with ASEAN

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus - – Myan­mar Times

SPAIN wants stronger ties with ASEAN, Am­bas­sador Jose Maria Ma­tres Manso has said at a meet­ing with ASEAN Sec­re­tary General Le Luong Minh.

In con­grat­u­lat­ing Manso on his re­cent ap­point­ment to ASEAN, Minh wel­comed Spain’s in­ter­est in ex­plor­ing co­op­er­a­tion with the group in sup­port of ASEAN com­mu­nity-build­ing ef­forts and pro­mot­ing ASEAN-EU re­la­tions.

Manso said his coun­try at­taches great im­por­tance to re­la­tions with ASEAN and re­gards it as an ad­mirable re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause of its pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the re­gion’s de­vel­op­ment. He said Spain would seek to in­ten­sify its en­gage­ment with Asia, par­tic­u­larly South East Asia, through healthy di­plo­matic re­la­tions.

He ex­pressed Spain’s readi­ness to work with ASEAN and its mem­bers on mat­ters of com­mon in­ter­est, such as im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ASEAN-EU Plan of Ac­tion (2018-2022).

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