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 L-R: Vietnamese Ambassador H.E. Mr. Nguyen Hung, Malaysian Ambassador H.E. Dato’ Chitra Devi Ramiah,H.E. Ambassador Leah Ruiz, Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Anita Lidya Luhulima, Royal Thai Embassy CDA Mr. Nattapong Suwanpakdee.

08 August 2022 – The Philippine Embassy, as current Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Warsaw (ACW), led the ASEAN community in Warsaw in celebrating the 55 th Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with a diplomatic reception on Monday, 08 August 2022. The reception was held at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia.

The ACW’s first in-person diplomatic reception since 2019 was attended by close to 70 guests which included Polish government officials, members of the Asia-Pacific Diplomatic Corps, and representatives from the embassies of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam in Warsaw.

The Guest of Honor for the Reception was H.E. Mr. Paweł Jabłoński, Undersecretary of State for Economic and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Philippine Ambassador to Poland Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz delivered a Message on behalf of the ACW, referring to the Joint Communique issued during the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held in Phnom Penh on 03 August: “Noting the turbulence and challenges currently faced by the region and the world at large that have reached unprecedented new heights, the AMM highlighted the compelling need to strengthen engagement and cooperation with its Dialogue Partners.”

Ambassador Basinang-Ruiz emphasized that ASEAN therefore looks forward to the convening of the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit to mark the 45 th Anniversary of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations to be held in December 2022 in Brussels.

In his remarks, Undersecretary Jabłoński noted the increasing significance of the ASEAN region to Poland’s interests, and welcomed the strengthening of ties through diplomatic engagements, parliamentary exchanges, economic cooperation, and cultural interactions.

L-R: Member of the Sejm and Chair of the ASEAN States’ Parliamentary Groups / Poland-Vietnam Parliamentary Group, Mr. Grzegorz Napieralski; Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Anita Lidya Luhulima, H.E. Ambassador Leah Ruiz; H.E. Mr. Paweł Jabłoński; Malaysian Ambassador H.E. Dato’ Chitra Devi Ramiah; Vietnamese Ambassador H.E. Mr. Nguyen Hung; Royal Thai Embassy CDA Mr. Nattapong Suwanpakdee; Member of the Sejm and Chair of the Poland-Indonesia Parliament Group, Mr. Krzysztof Gadowski.

The ACW is one of fifty-five ASEAN Committees in Third Countries, which play animportant role in ASEAN’s conduct of Dialogue and External Relations by promoting ASEAN’s interest and forging partnerships in their respective host countries. END.

The ASEAN Anthem was played at the start of the programme.

Gamelan Warsaw performed traditional Indonesian music during the reception.

H.E. Ambassador Leah Ruiz with Members of the Sejm Mr. Grzegorz Napieralski and Mr. Krzysztof Gadowski.

H.E. Ambassador Leah Ruiz with MFA Undersecretary H.E. Mr. Paweł Jabłoński, MFA Director for Asia-Pacific
Department Ambassador Barbara Szymanowska, and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.

H.E. Ambassador Leah Ruiz with spouse Mr. Ricardo Ruiz and officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in
Warsaw.