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The 26th Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – European Union (ASEAN-EU) Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) was held on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 in Jakarta.
The meeting welcomed the successful convening of the EU-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting and the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) in October 2018 and 21 January 2019, respectively, in Brussels. At the 22nd AEMM, Ministers emphasised the importance of shared values and common interests such as the principles of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, the Charter of the United Nations, and international law that have bound the two regions in a longstanding partnership as “partners in integration”. They reaffirmed the significant role played by ASEAN and the European Union in shaping the political, socio-economic, and security agendas for their respective regions as well as globally, and agreed in principle to upgrade EU-ASEAN relations to a Strategic Partnership, subject to details and timing to be worked out.
The meeting also reaffirmed ASEAN’s and the EU’s commitment to strengthen relations as well as their commitment to implement the ASEAN-EU Plan of Action (2018-2022). Both sides welcomed the significant achievements with over 75% action lines being addressed in the POA’s first year of implementation.
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