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ASEAN commemorates the 51st anniversary of its foundation
August 15, 2018, 5:03 pm

On the occasion of the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) hosted a reception at the Malaysian Embassy on 7 August.  In attendance as the chief guest was Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister of Kuwait Ali Sulaiman Al-Saeed, who was joined by Ambassadors of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and India as well as a host of other dignitaries and well-wishers.

The attendees were present for the ASEAN flag hoisting ceremony, which was followed by cultural performances representative of the countries of Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. An exhibition on the cultural and tourist aspects of ASEAN member countries was organized which included introducing guests to food delicacies from across ASEAN countries.

In his address to the gathering, the current chairman of ASEAN and Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait H.E.  Dusit Manapan said, “Today marks the 51st anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations since it was founded in August 1967. If we compare ASEAN with a human, ASEAN today is a matured adult full of life experiences. As a regional grouping, it has shouldered responsibilities for promoting well-being and a more secure, stable and peaceful environment for its people, region as well as the world”.

He pointed out that ASEAN has been consistent in its aspirations in pursuing its aims and purposes enshrined in the Bangkok Declaration, namely accelerate economic growth, social progress, cultural development and promote regional peace and stability.

Ambassador Dusit noted that ASEAN has grown to become a highly competitive economic community of 10 vibrant and fast-growing economies with a total population of about 620 million people, adding the ASEAN community’s combined output exceeds $2.5 trillion. He added, “We have a good reason to be proud of our success, even though there are still many challenges ahead to overcome.”

Ambassadors of the ASEAN Community in Kuwait comprises the nine resident ambassadors of countries Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and one non-resident ambassador of Singapore.


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