Ambassador Chiba’s presentation of the Letter of Credence to H.E. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN

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On October 18, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, presented the Letter of Credence to H.E. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the ASEAN Secretariat.  Hence, Ambassador Chiba has officially assumed the post of the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN.
 
On this occasion, Ambassador Chiba expressed his will to further enhance Japan’s relationship with ASEAN by making the best use of human resources of the Mission of japan to ASEAN, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and technical cooperation to ASEAN by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  In response, Secretary-General Lim congratulated Ambassador Chiba on his assumption of office, and expressed the appreciation to Japan’s longstanding support to the ASEAN Community.  He also extended his sympathies to the suffering caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
 
Both sides also exchanged views on such issues as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, situation in Rakhine State and cooperation on disaster management.