Distinguished Heads of State and Government of ASEAN,
Secretary-General of ASEAN,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honour to join you for the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit.
I congratulate the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines for your success in chairing ASEAN in its 50th anniversary year.
And I congratulate all the Governments and peoples of ASEAN on the achievement of this milestone.
ASEAN was founded at a time of great turmoil in Southeast Asia.