The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Bangkok
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Bangkok (14 October) – “The European Union is fully determined to lift the partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to a strategic level.” This was emphasized at the EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Bangkok on Friday by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, who was representing the European Union at the meeting upon an appointment from Federica Mogherini , High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs. The EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting is held every two years and presents an opportunity to evaluate the close partnership of both groupings and to agree on the next steps and future direction of mutual cooperation.
Vientiane, Laos (26 July) – The European Union’s interest in more strategic cooperation with Southeast Asian countries was conveyed to the participants of the ministerial meeting in Laos on behalf of the EU by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák. Minister Lajčák attended the Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Vientiane under an appointment by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, who is represented by the country presiding over the Council of the EU at similar events. Minister Lajčák represented the EU during his stay in Laos at two ministerial events, namely he co-chaired the ASEAN-EU conference along with the Thai Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai, and on behalf of the EU he addressed the Regional ASEAN Forum attended by 17 regional partners that included countries such as the U.S.A., Russia, China, Japan, Canada and Australia.