ASEAN-Australia 40th Anniversary Commemoration Launched, More Strategic Cooperation
Photo (from left to right) Brunei
Darussalam's H.E. Malai Hajah Halimah Malia Haji Yussof, Cambodia's H.E. Tuot Panha,
Lao PDR's Mr. Khamfeung Phanthaxay, Indonesia's Mr. Ade Petrante, ASEAN-Secretary
General Ming, Philippine Foreign Minister del Rosario, Australian Foreign Minister
Bishop, Malaysia's H.E. Dato'Mohd Zamri Bin Mohd Kassim, Myanmar's H.E. Ye Myint
Aung, Singapore's H.E. Hirubalan V P, Thailand's H.E. Prasas Prasasvinitchai and
Vietnam's Truong Trieu Duong.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Australian Foreign Minister
Julie Bishop and ASEAN Secretary-Generyal Le Luong Minh, together with the Heads
of Mission/Representatives of ASEAN Member States in the Philippines, joined hands
the ASEAN Way during the Official Launch of the 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Australia
Dialogue Relations at The Peninsula Manila Hotel on 20 February 2014.
21 February 2014 - Celebrating four decades of dialogue relations between the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary
Albert F. del Rosario and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in the presence
of ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, led the Official Launch of the ASEAN-Australia
40th Anniversary Commemoration at The Peninsula Manila Hotel on February 20.
“Today, we celebrate Australia’s status as ASEAN’s first official Dialogue Partner,
as well as the mutually beneficial engagement between ASEAN and Australia these
past four decades,” said Secretary Del Rosario, recalling Australia’s vision to
partner with ASEAN forty years ago, when it was just composed of five member states.