Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a good example of collective cooperation for making a better future.
Foreign Minister Zarif delivered a speech at a ceremony on the 52nd anniversary of foundation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held in Tehran on Wednesday.
“I want to tell the friends and the neighbors that there is nothing to prevent our cooperation and partnership. Nothing could hinder our bonds for cooperation,” Foreign Minister Zarif said.
“We must know that the others would never protect us, and could never ensure our security either,” he added.
“ASEAN is a good and successful example for us and for our neighbors to learn a lesson that we can shape a better future for the people and the region with cooperation and commitment,” the top Iranian diplomat noted.
ASEAN is a political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia. It was formed on August 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
What follows are excepts of Zarif’s speech:
FM Zarif’s Speech at ASEAN Founding Anniversary
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif delivered a speech at a ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Tehran on Wednesday.
Following are excerpts of Foreign Minister Zarif’s remarks at the event:
In the Name of God;
In an era that multilateralism is at stake, and while unilateralism is destroying our achievements of the past seven decades, observing the success of ASEAN, which has brought together major Asian countries, is a sign of hope.
ASEAN is composed of people who can think of a better future, not only for their own citizens, but also for the citizens of the global community.
ASEAN is celebrating its 52nd birthday today, providing a valuable lesson about gathering around and synergy for progress together with each other.
ASEAN is a good example that we can act better, either collectively or individually, particularly for us in this region where some have tried to purchase security from abroad and rely on the foreign countries.
I paid a visit to Singapore to sign the document on Iran’s membership in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, which is a good sign and testimony of our willingness to cooperate with the Asian friends.
We are interested in expanding the grounds for cooperation with the ASEAN members. We are also willing to promote cooperation between the regional organizations, such as the ASEAN and the ECO.
I want to tell the friends and the neighbours that there is nothing to prevent our cooperation and partnership. Nothing could hinder our bonds for cooperation. We must know that the others would never protect us, and could never ensure our security either. ASEAN is a good and successful example for us and for the neighbours to learn a lesson that we can shape a better future for the people and the region with cooperation and commitment.
It is important to show that self-esteem and working with own people has always proved more successful.
We in Iran have great respect for the ASEAN countries. We respect your successes. If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself, and the ASEAN is a good example of respect for self. We seek to promote cooperation with the ASEAN in all fields.
We are keen to become the ASEAN’s partner for dialogue. We want to announce that the Islamic Republic of Iran looks for cooperation and reaching the dialogue partnership stage.
We believe that we can forge a real partnership with the ASEAN.