Skip to main content

South East Asia

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government’s relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations. (111855)

The UK has a history of strong relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, both bilaterally and in multilateral forums. We have no formal relations with the ASEAN organisation. We conduct our formal relations through the EU, via the EU ASEAN dialogue, the Asia-Europe meeting and the ASEAN regional forum.

I had a constructive meeting with the ASEAN Secretary-General in London on 4 December 2006. I have also met the ASEAN London committee, ASEAN ambassadors and high commissioners, most recently in September 2006. Such meetings provide an opportunity to raise a range of issues, including our relations with ASEAN and with individual ASEAN members.