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Saudi Arabia becomes 51st country to sign ASEAN’s TAC

Jakarta, Indonesia – On the sidelines of the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Jakarta, Saudi Arabia has officially become the 51st country to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC). The accession signing ceremony took place on July 12, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, on behalf of ASEAN, expressed her appreciation to Saudi Arabia for joining the treaty.

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Saudi Arabia becomes 51st country to sign ASEAN’s TAC

Saudi Arabia’s Commitment to ASEAN Values and Principles

With the signing of the TAC, Saudi Arabia demonstrates a strong commitment to adhere to the values and principles of ASEAN as embodied in the treaty. The TAC calls for cooperation, collaboration, and upholding international law to promote peace and stability in Southeast Asia and beyond. In the context of current geopolitical dynamics, these values and principles are increasingly vital.

Welcoming Saudi Arabia to the ASEAN Family

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia to the ASEAN family, emphasizing the need for all member countries to be a positive force for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The accession ceremony was witnessed by ASEAN Foreign Ministers and the ASEAN Secretary General.

Expanding the Reach of the TAC

The signing of the TAC by Saudi Arabia marks a significant milestone in expanding the reach and influence of the treaty beyond ASEAN’s member countries. Prior to Saudi Arabia, Ukraine was the last country to accede to the TAC in 2022. Notably, Papua New Guinea was the first country outside of ASEAN to accede to the TAC in 1989.

Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the TAC is expected to foster stronger ties between the Kingdom and ASEAN nations, contributing to regional peace, stability, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific area.

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