President Aquino pushes deeper ASEAN-US partnership

President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed hope that the ten member nations of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States will work together to promote a deeper and more harmonious ASEAN-US partnership, and continue stability and peace in the ASEAN region.

In his statement at the 2nd ASEAN-US Leaders’ Meeting held Friday (Saturday in Manila) at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, the President, who discussed the future direction of the ASEAN-US partnership, noted that the common desire of ASEAN and the US to intensify their partnership comes at a particularly crucial time, thus it is imperative for the leaders to turn ASEAN from a regular gathering of leaders into a fully multilateral organization and implement the ASEAN Charter.

President Aquino and President Obama greet each other during the ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting in New York.
President Aquino and President Obama greet each other during the ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting in New York.

"The task of our generation—the first generation of leaders to be born as independent citizens of our respective nations—is to turn this Charter into a more binding commitment to our mutual economic and political interests," the President said.

President Aquino noted that the ASEAN Charter, which provides the guiding principles for ASEAN’s engagement with the US, was adopted in 2008 and since then ASEAN has been conscious in pursuing initiatives to build the ASEAN community along three pillars: political-security; economic; and socio-cultural.

The Philippines is the current Country Coordinator for ASEAN-US relations.