Reuters | Jun 06, 2020 05:30
LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) - Britain has applied to become a
dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN), the government said on Friday, as it seeks to boost
post-Brexit ties in the region.
ASEAN has 10 existing dialogue partners including the
European Union, which Britain left at the end of January, as
well as Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.
Britain said it hoped partnership status with the 10-member
ASEAN, which seeks to accelerate economic growth, social
progress and collaboration in the region, would lead to new
opportunities across trade, education, science and security.
"As Asia grows in importance, global Britain will cooperate
even more closely with our friends in the region," British
foreign minister Dominic Raab said in a statement.
"By becoming one of ASEAN's Dialogue Partners, we can
strengthen our ability to cooperate across the Indo-Pacific
region, as a force for good, on everything from climate change
to regional stability."
Britain already has an ambassador to ASEAN, whose members
include Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam,
and said being a dialogue partner would allow Britain to attend
annual ASEAN summits and ministerial meetings.
Written By: Reuters
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