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Jakarta Post

UK urged to respect ASEAN amid efforts to bolster ties

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 22 2019   /  01:37 am

Indonesia has urged the United Kingdom to pay due respect to ASEAN’s basic principles, the country’s envoy in London has said, as the UK seeks early post-Brexit opportunities with the regional bloc amid uncertainty over the divorce deal with the European Union.Ambassadors of ASEAN member countries accredited to the UK met with officials at the British foreign secretary’s residence last week, in what amounts to London’s latest push to make inroads in Southeast Asia, way before there is finality in the Brexit process.Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma reaffirmed the need for London “to honor the basic principles of ASEAN” so that its member states could accept the UK as a fully fledged dialogue partner, according to a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in London.“[The UK must] honor ASEAN’s principles, which include, among other things, respect for each state’...