HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 14 (ACN) Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban foreign minister, thanked the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for accepting to adhere to the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.
The decision was adopted during the 53rd edition of the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Association, held online from Wednesday to Saturday and with Hanoi as the venue for the rotating presidency of the group this year, Prensa Latina reported.
Cuban ambassador Lianys Torres told Prensa Latina that "the adhesion of the Caribbean nation to the Treaty deepens the institutionalization of our relationship with this organization as a regional block and opens new cooperation fields between Southeast Asia and Cuba".
Torres stressed that the island shares with these countries similar positions on non-meddling in internal affairs and full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, as well as the rest of the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.
ASEAN, founded on August 8, 1967, is a regional bloc made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It currently represents nine percent of the world's population - over 650 million people - and is responsible for seven percent of world exports and six percent of world imports.