KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — The Venezuelan government has expressed admiration over ASEAN for its institutionality and capacity having a concrete impact on its people, and hope to open a major alliance with the 10-member state bloc.
The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, during the third ASEAN Conference which was held in Venezuela via videoconferencing from its capital Caracas yesterday (Thursday), stressed that at the beginning of this year, his government had formally requested in writing to become a member of the ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation Treaty, which he considers to be a fairly important step towards a closer and a more productive relations with the ASEAN community.
“Despite the siege and blockade by the United States government, Venezuela has opened major alliances with countries such as China, Russia, Turkey and India, and we wish to open a major alliance with the 10 ASEAN member states,” he said in a statement released by Venezuela’s Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, which was made available by the Venezuelan Embassy in Malaysia to Bernama.
During the conference, representatives of the Under-Secretary General of the ASEAN nations, its member states accredited in Venezuela and the Venezuelan Government ratified the commitment to deepen the cooperation between the bloc and the South American nation.
The activity focused on “South-South Cooperation as a way to advance development in peace after COVID-19”, and included presentations by the three ASEAN member countries accredited in Venezuela: Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Under-Secretary General for the ASEAN Political and Security Community, Hoang Anh Tuan, said the conference serves as a platform for both parties (ASEAN and Venezuela) to deepen ties and exchange views on possible areas of collaboration.
He congratulated Venezuela’s efforts to promote cooperation with the bloc, as expressed through the appointment of its Ambassador to ASEAN and its application to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).
“If there are any lessons to be learned from this COVID-19 pandemic, it is the importance of international cooperation in an interconnected world, where no country can deal with this crisis on its own.
“Addressing the pandemic and its socioeconomic impact requires solidarity and action at all levels of the international community, which is why ASEAN’s collaboration with its external partners, including Venezuela, has become more relevant and pertinent than ever,” Anh Tuan said.