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Jakarta Post

ASEAN seeks stronger G20 voice

  • Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

Hua Hin, Thailand   /   Sun, October 25 2009   /  11:21 am

Southeast Asian leaders agreed during the 15th ASEAN summit in Thailand on Saturday on the importance of continued and more effective representation in this group of the world's 20 largest economies. Speaking in the Thai seaside resorts of Cha-am and Hua Huin, the newly sworn-in Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty M. Natalegawa said that leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) had set up a contact group to coordinate member-state positions before G20 meetings. "Thanks to Indonesia's suggestion, we decided this morning that our finance ministers would routinely meet ahead of G20 meetings to ensure coordination," said Marty, who represented Indonesia during the closed meeting Saturday morning. With Vietnam as the next chair of ASEAN, the contact group will comprise Indonesia, Vietnam and the ASEAN secretary-general. Marty said being a perm...