Widodo: ASEAN must be a stable and peaceful region

PHNOM PENH – Prior to the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen handed over a hammer to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as a symbolic handover of ASEAN presidency from Cambodia to Indonesia.

“Indonesia is honored to be the Chair of ASEAN in 2023. The chairmanship of Indonesia will adopt the theme ‘ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth,” President Jokowi said at Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh.

The Head of State also stated that ASEAN must be a stable and peaceful region and become an anchor for global stability as well as enforce international law consistently and remain neutral.

“ASEAN must be a dignified region and uphold human values ​​and democracy,” the President said.

On this occasion, the President also expected ASEAN to become a fast-growing, inclusive, and sustainable economic region. By strengthening its institutional capacity and effectiveness, he expected ASEAN can face even more difficulties in the coming 20 years.

“All the difficulties must be tackled the ASEAN way, which is consistent with the spirit of cooperation and must entirely implement the ASEAN Charter,” he stated.