On 1 and 2 August, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will be in Bangkok, Thailand to co-chair the European Union – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Post-Ministerial Conference and to represent the EU at the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum.
The meetings follow the 22nd EU-ASEAN ministerial that took place in Brussels on 21 January 2019, where the EU and Ministers from ASEAN reaffirmed their shared role in shaping the political, socio-economic, and security agenda for both regions and globally. At this meeting, the European Union and ASEAN agreed in principle to upgrade their relations to a Strategic Partnership.
Alongside discussions on enhancing connectivity, including through support to the implementation of ASEAN's own Master Plan on Connectivity 2025, Ministers are expected to stress the need to strengthen the multilateral rules-based system, and the importance of free and open trade. They will also address a number of pressing global and regional issues.
The High Representative will hold a number of bilaterals in the margins of the meetings, including with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, and the Foreign Ministers of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand. The High Representative's visit takes place in the context of recently enhanced EU security cooperation in and with Asia and the EU's wider strategy to better connect Europe and Asia.