The UAE was represented at the signing ceremony by Dr. Abdulnasser Alshaali, Assistant Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC).
Alshaali highlighted the shared values and deep-rooted relations between the UAE and ASEAN member states.
“The signing of the TAC reflects the UAE’s keenness to strengthen and advance economic relations with ASEAN countries,” he said.
He highlighted global challenges that demonstrate the increased importance of multilateral cooperation, especially within regional and international organizations such as ASEAN, Emirates News Agency (wam) reported.
He also noted that the signing of the TAC represents the final step in the UAE’s application to join ASEAN as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner (SDP).
He highlighted the tangible contributions of the UAE’s potential partnership with ASEAN and its member states, particularly in the fields of trade, investment, tourism, digital transformation, and healthcare.
The UAE’s efforts to sign the TAC and join ASEAN as an SDP are part of the broader strategy of MoFAIC and the UAE’s Principles of the 50 frameworks, with an emphasis on forging sustainable and effective partnerships with countries and multilateral organizations.
The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia is a peace treaty among Southeast Asian countries established by founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an economic organization of 10 Member States: Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, and Laos.