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Time for a strategic partnership

  • David McAllister

Brussels   /   Sat, May 5 2018   /  01:11 am

The European Parliament is a strong proponent of a deeper and more comprehensive relationship with Southeast Asia. Four years ago the European Parliament and its Foreign Affairs Committee recommended that the European Union’s relationship with Indonesia should be elevated into a true strategic partnership. We are convinced that the region-to-region EU-ASEAN partnership has to become more strategic.

This week, I am leading the official mission of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs to Indonesia and ASEAN. We are here to show our strong support to the bilateral relationship and to highlight how we value our Indonesian friends as a key partner.

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Indonesia is right at the heart of the region.

Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, the world’s fourth most populous nation...