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Jakarta Post

Discourse: UK, ASEAN to step up relations: First British envoy to regional bloc

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 14 2020   /  12:35 am

Jon Lambe - United Kingdom ambassador to ASEANThe United Kingdom will open a new mission to ASEAN in Jakarta on Wednesday as part of its expanded commitment to the Southeast Asian region. The Jakarta Post’s Dian Septiari sat down with the UK’s first ambassador to ASEAN, Jon Lambe, last Thursday to discuss what he wanted to achieve in his tenure. The following are excerpts of the interview:Question: The UK wants to be one of ASEAN’s dialogue partners after it exits the European Union. But ASEAN has for years implemented a moratorium on new dialogue partners. What’s the reasoning behind this goal and what is your plan to achieve it?Answer: For us the main objective is about the substance of the relationship. We have a deep engagement in this region already. We signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2012 that underlines ASEAN relations. We became a dialogue partner of the ASE...