Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar praised their countries' partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during their opening remarks at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bangkok on Thursday.
Taro Kono highlighted a «very close relationship» between Japan and the Association and added: «We will continue to walk... Еще hand in hand with ASEAN friends to further develop the already strong ties between us in this new era.»
The Indian counterpart in turn characterised the ASEAN region as the one with «great importance.»
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar expressed India's wish to boost ASEAN «cooperation with other regional formats in the Indian Ocean» and added that his country «seeks greater connectedness» with the ASEAN region.
The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting is attended by representatives from more than 30 countries, including ASEAN member states, ASEAN dialogue partners, ARF non-dialogue partner members and other guests.
During the summit the participants are expected to discuss various topics including connectivity, sustainability, and environmental and financial inclusion among ASEAN states. The US-North Korean issue and the South China Sea conflict are also reportedly expected to be addressed during the meeting held between July 29 — August 3.