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The EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini is in Singapore from 3 to 4 August 2018. Mogherini is co-chairing the annual Post-Ministerial Conference between the EU and ASEAN, as well as representing the EU in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
"The European Union and ASEAN are very distant geographically, but we could not be closer when it comes to our approach to international affairs. We stand on the same side. We stand on the side of cooperative solutions, based on international rules and on multilateralism... We stand on the side of a free and fair trade that benefits all, instead of damaging trade wars. We stand on the side of peace and security, because we know that conflicts in our times have a global fallout...
From free trade to migration, from defence to counterterrorism and climate change, together we can make our two regions stronger. We do it for Europe, for South-East Asia and for the rest of our troubled world that really needs a positive point of reference in these difficult times."
- Opening remarks by Federica Mogherini at the EU-ASEAN PMC