Foreign Minister Retno affirms tolerance at ASEAN-India meeting

Foreign Minister Retno underlined the importance of tolerance in a multicultural society

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi attended the ASEAN-India Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers (SAIFMM) in New Delhi, India, Thursday (16.6.2022). The meeting was attended by 10 foreign ministers from ASEAN countries, who also commemorated the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India partnership.

“The ASEAN-India Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers #SAIFMM in New Delhi (16.6.2022) underlined the importance of tolerance in today’s multicultural society,” Retno said via her official Twitter.

Foreign Minister Retno also addressed the world situation, which is having a major impact on the region. He also proposed a formula for cooperation in a number of areas between ASEAN and India.

“In response to the global dynamics and their impact on the region, #ASEANIndia proposes to build stronger cooperation on health, food security and peace and stability in the region,” he continued.

India hosted the SAIFMM, chaired by Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar and Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. In addition to Retno, foreign ministers from Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and representatives of foreign ministers from Laos, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as the Secretary General of ASEAN attended the meeting.

Ministers reviewed the status of the ASEAN-India partnership to chart the future path, particularly entering the post-pandemic world. The foreign ministers’ talks covered the priority areas of Covid-19, health, trade, digital connectivity, establishment and implementation of the ASEAN-India Cooperation on the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

“The ministers also exchanged views on key regional and international developments and the post-pandemic economic recovery. The meeting unanimously approved the Vice-Chairman’s statement. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers and ASEAN Secretary-General also visited Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,” the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. .

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