High Representative Mogherini co-chairs EU-ASEAN ministerial
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Today, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission co-chaired the Post-Ministerial Conference between the European Union and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila.
The security and development of ASEAN countries are essential to security and development all over the world, and the HR/VP stressed the importance and potential benefits for Europe and Asia of increased cooperation not only in these fields but also in trade, tourism, climate action, migration, counter-radicalisation, security and defence.
The HR/VP and the 10 ASEAN ministers adopted two joint statements, namely celebrating 40 years of EU-ASEAN relations; and committing to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. They also adopted an EU-ASEAN Plan of Action for the years 2018-2022.
The ASEAN-EU PMC was the first of a series ASEAN related and bilateral meetings the HR/VP will attend on 6, 7 and 8 August in Manila.