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Jakarta Post

Thailand spells out priorities as ASEAN chair in 2019

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  01:58 am

Closing the gap: ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly secretary-general Isra Sunthornvut (right) speaks to Thai Ambassador to ASEAN Phasporn Sangasubana (center) alongside PT Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi board of commissioners chairman Theo Lekatompessy on the sidelines of a seminar titled ASEAN 2019 Under Thai Chairmanship in Jakarta on Wednesday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)Thailand wants ASEAN to be relevant for the citizens by crafting a number of programs so that no one is left behind while it takes the helm of ASEAN as its chair in 2019.

Thai Ambassador to Indonesia Songkol Sukchan said there was a need to rethink strategy to make ASEAN relevant for citizens in Southeast Asia.

He said Indonesia had expressed strong support for Thai chairship as conveyed by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi to his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai during their meeting on Dec. 31.