BANGKOK - Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon attended "ASEAN at Fifty: For Now and Posterity," organized by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 27. The event officially launched Thailand's series of activities to celebrate ASEAN's Golden Anniversary.

Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai highlighted the achievements of ASEAN since its establishment and expressed support for the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017.

Former ASEAN Secretary General and former Thai Foreign Minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan said that ASEAN plays a crucial role in maintaining peace, stability and growth in the region. He encouraged ASEAN stakeholders to strengthen the organization and support its initiatives. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs