JAKARTA, February 2017 – Chile reiterated its interest in forging closer ties with ASEAN, building on the momentum of Chile’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in September last year. The new Ambassador of Chile to ASEAN, Gonzalo Mendoza Negri, conveyed this message as he presented his letter of credentials to Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh. Secretary-General Minh congratulated Ambassador Mendoza Negri for assuming his new post and looked forward to working together in strengthening relations between ASEAN and Chile.

Secretary-General Minh expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the forest fires in Chile and expressed hope that the situation would be under control. Ambassador Mendoza Negri informed Secretary-General Minh that the Government of Chile, with the assistance of countries around the world, is combating the fire which had affected close to 500,000 hectares of land in Chile. In this regard, he underscored the importance of regional cooperation in disaster management, especially among countries prone to natural disasters, such as those in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Ambassador Mendoza Negri welcomed the encouraging developments under the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance relations, particularly with the adoption of the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Framework for Cooperation at the 3rd ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting held at  the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York in September last year. He further informed Secretary-General Minh on the successful convening of the Seminar on Global Value Chains (GVC) on 18-19 January 2017 in Santiago, Chile, as one of the activities under the Framework for Cooperation.

Recognising the economic potentials of both regions, Secretary-General Minh and Ambassador Mendoza Negri noted the importance of enhancing connectivity and people-to-people contacts and agreed to work together to effective implement the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Framework for Cooperation.