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Good afternoon,

We are living troubling times and we are submerged by crises and urgencies, but from time to time, it is good to lift our eyes and have a look at the big trends and position ourselves within History with a capital H [La Historia con mayúsculas]. And History will [be made] in the Indo-Pacific region. This is where History will [be made] in this century.

The European Union (EU) hosted today (28/8) a webinar on doctoral education and post-doctoral training in Europe, highlighting the available funding opportunities for graduates and researchers of any nationality.

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Today (18/8) the European Union (EU) highlights its response to assist those in need in Myanmar in the context of the humanitarian crisis.

Today, the ASEAN Secretary-General, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans, and the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN, Ambassador Noel Servigon, reaffirmed commitments to promote connectivity amidst the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

On 6 August, the High Representative/Vice-President co-chaired via videoconference, together with Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, the EU-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference. This high-level EU-ASEAN meeting is held each year on the margins of the annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial meeting. At the meeting, the High Representative/Vice-President and ASEAN member states reviewed progress in the Strategic Partnership and provided guidance on how to further strengthen cooperation on trade, security, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thank you dear Vivian, Dear Foreign Minister [of Singapore, Vivian] Balakrishnan,

Dear friends,

Let me start by thanking Brunei for assembling us today despite the difficult situation that the COVID-19 pandemic has created.

When I last met with you in December, we elevated reIations between the European Union and ASEAN to the level of a Strategic Partnership.

This decision was long overdue. It is a recognition of the strength and potential of our relationship and I am very happy that this has happened.

The 28th ASEAN Regional Forum held on 6 August 2021, via videoconference under Brunei Darussalam’s 2021 ASEAN Chairmanship;

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The text of the following statement was released by the Governments and Members of the Friends of the Mekong Group on the occasion of the 2021 Friends of the Mekong Ministerial Meeting.

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The Heads of Delegation of the Friends of the Mekong (the Friends) met virtually on August 5, 2021. We welcomed the Heads of Delegation from the ASEAN Secretariat, the United Kingdom, and India, who participated as observers.

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The European Union welcomes the appointment of the ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar, Brunei’s Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof. We support ASEAN’s efforts in finding a peaceful solution to the current crisis and stress the need to implement quickly and faithfully the five-point consensus adopted by ASEAN Leaders at their summit on 24 April 2021.

Plastic pollution has reached unprecedented levels worldwide. To alleviate the problem, the EU and ASEAN are working towards innovative technological solutions.

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