7-8 April | Manila, the Philippines
Hosted by the Philippines, this preparatory meeting for the upcoming Senior Officials’ Meeting and the ASEAN-EU Ministerial this year focused on security and cooperation, safety of navigation and marine environment, and sustainable development. The agenda covered the challenges, best practices, legal frameworks, and regional arrangements for deepening ARF cooperation. The briefing presented by Malaysia on the outcome of the 2nd ASEAN-EU High Level Dialogue on Maritime Security was highly appreciated, as was the Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Recent Developments in the South China Sea.
For the Declaration on the South China Sea, please see the press release.