Foreign Secretary met Brunei Foreign Minister II Dato Erywan at the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab held a meeting with the current Chair of ASEAN and Brunei Foreign Minister II Dato Erywan at the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting. This was the first time a representative from ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) has been invited to attend a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting.
The UK’s invitation to the ASEAN Chair to attend the G7 meeting signals the UK’s emphasis on a closer alignment with the Indo-Pacific region, as outlined in the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy published in March.
Today’s meeting between the two Foreign Ministers was the first since ASEAN Leaders agreed to accept the UK’s application for Dialogue Partner status at their meeting in Jakarta on 24 April. The Leaders tasked the ASEAN Foreign Ministers to start work to formalise the UK becoming a Dialogue Partner by the 54th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in August this year.
The UK’s application for Dialogue Partner status recognises the UK’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. During today’s talks both Ministers agreed to build deeper UK-ASEAN trade links and security cooperation, while working together to address challenges such as climate change and COVID-19 recovery.
Speaking after the meeting Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
Thank you ASEAN Leaders for accepting the UK’s application for Dialogue Partner status. We look forward to even closer cooperation on trade, climate and regional security issues.
During the meeting we also discussed the ongoing situation in Myanmar. I underlined the UK’s steadfast opposition to the military coup and the important role ASEAN can play based on the principles of its Charter .
I look forward to strengthening our commitment to the ASEAN region even further in the coming years.
Other key topics covered during the talks included how best to increase G7 and ASEAN ambition on climate targets ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year.