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ASEAN to enhance relations with Saudi Arabia, GCC countries

JAKARTA, June 27 (Xinhua) — ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan received on Wednesday the Letter of Credential of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the kingdom’s newly-commissioned ambassador to ASEAN Mustafa Ibrahim Ali Al-Mubarak, conveyed ASEAN ‘s commitment to closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a statement released by the ASEAN Secretariat said here.

During their discussion, Dr. Surin expressed his sincere condolences on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Surin underlined the importance of partnership with GCC, and encouraged Saudi Arabia to channel the message to the GCC Secretariat to convene the 3rd ASEAN-GCC Ministerial Meeting in a GCC Member State.

Of the six GCC Member States, five are represented in Jakarta, including Saudi Arabia.

Ambassador Mustafa welcomed all suggestions and assured that Saudi Arabia will actively be a part in enhancing its relationship with ASEAN and promoting ASEAN-GCC cooperation.

Surin informed Ambassador Mustafa that the ASEAN Secretariat looks forward to working closely with him to further enhance the relationship between ASEAN and Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC Member States.

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