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South East Asia: Foreign Relations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 910994, tabled on 19 January 2021

What diplomatic steps he is taking to strengthen UK relations with ASEAN countries.

Answered on

19 January 2021

A strong UK-ASEAN relationship is a critical part of our Indo-Pacific Tilt.

The UK has applied to become a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. The Foreign Secretary attended the first UK-ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in September to deepen cooperation on Covid-19, building a sustainable economic recovery, climate change and maritime security. The Foreign Secretary and I have engaged counterparts from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam in recent months.

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