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ASEAN celebrates 45th anniversary in Berne

The ASEAN Heads of Mission accredited to Switzerland hosted a reception on 05 September 2012 in celebration of the 45th-year anniversary of the founding of ASEAN.
The event, which was held at the residence of the Indonesian ambassador in Berne, was part of the ASEAN missions’ efforts to promote greater awareness of ASEAN and foster a better understanding and appreciation of the region in Switzerland, especially as the region prepares for the eventual establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.

H.E. Mr. Djoko Susilo, Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland and the most senior of the ASEAN ambassadors in Berne, welcomed the guests. In his remarks, he noted that Switzerland, which has already developed strong relations with many ASEAN member states, is also now progressively developing its relations with ASEAN as a region.
“[ASEAN] welcomes this growing involvement of Switzerland in the region. As the ASEAN Secretary General said, one area where Switzerland could develop its cooperation with the [region] is in the politico-security area, especially sharing its experiences and commitments to humanitarian law tradition,” said Ambassador Susilo.
Ambassador Beat Nobs, Assistant State Secretary for Asia Pacific Affairs of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, was the Guest of Honour. In his speech, Ambassador Nobs spoke about Switzerland’s recognition of the growing importance of the Asia Pacific region, of which ASEAN is a member, and its pursuit of deepening relations with the region.


(L-R) Ambassador Sun Suon (Cambodia), Ambassador Yong Chanthalangsy (Laos), Ambassador Leslie Baja (Philippines),  Ambassador Beat Nobs, Ambassador Djoko Susilo (Indonesia), Ambassador Arbhorn Manasvanich (Thailand), Ambassador Dato’ Ho May Yong (Malaysia),  and
Ambassador Nguyen The Piet (Vietnam).

Ambassador Beat Nobs thanks ASEAN for its support for Switzerland’s bid for membership to ASEM


“Switzerland welcomes the role of ASEAN in promoting regional economic integration, stability, democracy and human rights and looks forward to deepen cooperation with ASEAN in selected areas of common interest,” said Ambassador Nobs.
“I would like to underline [Switzerland’s] continuous readiness…to be a valuable partner in fields such as humanitarian assistance, development cooperation, economic cooperation or human security,” he added.  
The guests were treated to a feast of cultural performances and culinary delights from seven ASEAN member countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Philippine Embassy personnel wows the guests with their rendition of the “Carinosa

The event was attended by more than 150 people from the diplomatic community, officials from various Swiss government agencies and the Swiss parliament, academe, non-government organizations and members of the ASEAN family in Switzerland.

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