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Planned mission to ASEAN reaffirms UK interests

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  01:55 am

The United Kingdom has unequivocally reiterated its interest in ASEAN by declaring it was ready to assign a representative to the Southeast Asian bloc.

UK Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Simon McDonald revealed the plan in Jakarta on Thursday.

He said that, with a dedicated representative and a mission, London wanted to establish formal ties with ASEAN outside the European Union following Brexit. The representative, who also serves as head of diplomatic service at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was expected to push for post-Brexit bilateral engagements with ASEAN.

He noted that the UK had indeed been a dialogue partner of ASEAN, albeit under the EU. With Brexit, formal UK-ASEAN ties were needed to maintain and improve the existing ties.

“So, we are looking at connectivity around the world. We are looking at those relationships...