June 26, 2020, 07.22 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian President Jokowi has underlined the immense importance of cooperation among ASEAN Member-States in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

At the 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26, Jokowi said strengthening cooperation among ASEAN countries would renew the hope of partnership that is effective, efficient, and fair.

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“In the midst of pessimism towards multilateralism, regional cooperation has become more important. ASEAN must be the subject and not an object in global politics,” said Jokowi via teleconference.

The number of violations made on international agreements is evidence of the pessimism towards multilateralism.

In the new era or new normal for the world, enhanced cooperation at the ASEAN level can serve as a catalyst in maintaining regional stability and peace.

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As such, ASEAN centrality and unity must be realized.

“ASEAN must be the guardian of our own region not the projection of power by bigger nations,” said Jokowi.

Strengthening the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific is one measure that ASEAN countries can take to improve regional cooperation.

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