26 July | Vientiane
The primary forum for constructive consultation on political and security issues of mutual interest in the Asia-Pacific region – ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – gathered for the 23rd time this year. Promoting peace and security in the region, Foreign Ministers adopted, inter alia, a Statement on Recent Tragic Terrorist Attacks, sponsored by Lao PDR, Japan and the EU, and a Statement on Enhancing Cooperation among Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies, co-sponsored by Vietnam, Australia, and the EU. They also reviewed activities in the current inter-sessional year (2015-2016) and endorsed the ones coming up (2016-2017). For more information, please see the Chairman’s statement of the 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum.