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Jakarta Post

UK needs clearer ASEAN strategy, ambassador says

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 22, 2019   /  07:57 pm
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Participants of a dialogue on Global Britain and United Kingdom engagement in the Asia Pacific, held by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), pose for a picture in Jakarta on Thursday.(JP/Dian Septiari)

The United Kingdom needs to provide more information about its strategies and objectives in engaging ASEAN amid Brexit uncertainties, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Rizal Sukma has said. “There are some policy pronouncements and declarations of intent but it would be easier if we could get more detailed information through strategic papers or policy papers on its engagement in Southeast Asia,” he said on the sidelines of an Indonesia-UK dialogue held by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta on Thursday. He said the UK’s interest in ASEAN had been growing in the past year but the country did not carry out extensive activities to lay the foundation for comprehensive relations with the bloc. “And maybe even after they leave the EU, it will definitely take more time to make the necessary adjustments and readjust...