12 January 2018 | Jakarta, Indonesia
On 12 January 2018, EU Ambassador to ASEAN Francisco Fontan paid a courtesy call to Secretary General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi, who started in his new position on 1st January 2018. Secretary General Lim was previously Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Brunei Darussalam. Both sides exchanged views on the current state of ASEAN-EU relations, and agreed to develop those relations further. EU Ambassador to ASEAN took the opportunity of this first meeting to highlight main areas of cooperation across the three pillars including trade and education. The EU Ambassador to ASEAN also explained that more could be done in the political and security pillar as the EU and ASEAN were already reaching the level of a strategic partnership.