GCC and ASEAN extend cooperation pact

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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani

Gulf countries and ASEAN have extended a memorandum of understanding on an action plan that commits both regions to enhanced cooperation in trade and investment, economic and developmental cooperation, education and training, culture and information, as well as mutual consultation in international matters.

The MoU was signed one year ago and now extended during a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani with ambassadors and heads of missions representing ASEAN embassies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 6.

At the meeting, Al Zayani was congratulated by the ASEAN ambassadors for his efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Arabian Gulf region, most notably those associated with the GCC Transitional Agreement for Yemen. The GCC secretary-general in return recognised the pivotal role that the economically vibrant region will play in global growth.

Currently there are embassies in the GCC representing Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Cambodia and Laos have no resident embassies as of yet.

Most ASEAN countries grant visa-free entry for up to 30 days or a visa on arrival for GCC citizens.

Beyond annual meetings held at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, GCC and ASEAN foreign ministers have an established mechanism for regular ministerial meetings.

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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani

Gulf countries and ASEAN have extended a memorandum of understanding on an action plan that commits both regions to enhanced cooperation in trade and investment, economic and developmental cooperation, education and training, culture and information, as well as mutual consultation in international matters.

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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani

Gulf countries and ASEAN have extended a memorandum of understanding on an action plan that commits both regions to enhanced cooperation in trade and investment, economic and developmental cooperation, education and training, culture and information, as well as mutual consultation in international matters.

The MoU was signed one year ago and now extended during a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani with ambassadors and heads of missions representing ASEAN embassies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 6.

At the meeting, Al Zayani was congratulated by the ASEAN ambassadors for his efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Arabian Gulf region, most notably those associated with the GCC Transitional Agreement for Yemen. The GCC secretary-general in return recognised the pivotal role that the economically vibrant region will play in global growth.

Currently there are embassies in the GCC representing Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Cambodia and Laos have no resident embassies as of yet.

Most ASEAN countries grant visa-free entry for up to 30 days or a visa on arrival for GCC citizens.

Beyond annual meetings held at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, GCC and ASEAN foreign ministers have an established mechanism for regular ministerial meetings.

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