31st ASEAN Summit draws to a close, Duterte turns over chairmanship to Singapore

31st ASEAN Summit draws to a close, Duterte turns over chairmanship to Singapore

The 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit was formally closed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as he turned over the chairmanship to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Tuesday night.

In his speech, the president thanked his fellow leaders for the fruitful and productive exchanges on several issues involving ASEAN nations and the world in general.

“As the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN draws to a close, I reiterate my commitment that my country, as ASEAN Chair, will remain steadfast in upholding the ideals and values we hold dear and in working for the realization of our shared aspirations,” Duterte said.

He added that it has been an utmost pleasure and honor for the Philippines to have hosted the foreign leaders and their delegations throughout the year in various meetings, activities, and events. “We hope that you have taken with you the warmth of Filipino hospitality and the genuine care and affection that we give to our guests.”
After his speech, the president handed over the gavel to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who will be the chairman of next year’s ASEAN Summit.
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  PM Lee also congratulated the Philippines and President Duterte for its successful chairmanship. A major highlight was a framework for the Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the signing of the ASEAN Consensus on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers.

At the closing ceremony, PM Lee said that Singapore’s chairmanship, which starts officially in January, will focus on the themes of “resilience” and “innovation”.

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“If we can, during our chairmanship, through these tangible, useful ideas, make ASEAN more effective, strengthen our co-operation with our neighbors, I think it means for Singapore a stabler world to live in, a safer South-east Asia in which we can operate, a more prosperous region in which we can grow our economy (and) expand our markets (and) seize opportunities which will be there.”

 

 

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