VOInews, Jakarta: ASEAN leaders welcomed Canada as a Strategic Partner at the 11th ASEAN-Canada Summit in Jakarta, Wednesday (6/9/2023). President Joko Widodo in his remarks said Canada is a strategic partner of ASEAN in building food security, downstream industry and open and fair trade in the region.
"Today, the partnership between ASEAN and Canada enters a new phase, namely as a Strategic Partner. Welcome to the ASEAN family, PM Trudeau. Hopefully, this will provide greater benefits for our people and the region," he said.
On that occasion, President Joko Widodo expressed hope that Canada could become an anchor of regional peace and stability.
"Who obeys international law and encourages more concrete and inclusive cooperation, especially in the Indo-Pacific region," he said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi explained, the 11th ASEAN-Canada Summit officially established the ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership through the ratification of the Joint Leaders' Statement on ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership.
In addition, he said, the ASEAN-Canada Summit also adopted the ASEAN-Canada Joint Leaders' Statement on Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Response to Crises. (VOI/Andy)