MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is interested in boosting security cooperation with Russia, Thailand’s Ambassador to Moscow Sasiwat Wongsinsawat said in an interview with TASS.
He pointed out that "Thailand closely monitors developments concerning security cooperation in the region."
"We welcome all external partners to have a constructive engagement based on ASEAN centrality and ASEAN-led mechanism and wish to maintain ASEAN as an open platform for practical cooperation and peaceful dialogues unhampered by geo-political rivalries among major powers," the envoy noted.
"Russia is also welcomed to have a constructive contribution in the regional frameworks, including the East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum. Going forward, we would encourage Russia to work with us on concrete projects in the key areas of cooperation identified in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), which involve both traditional and non-traditional security, especially in the area of epidemic prevention and science and technology towards a post-COVID-19 world," he added.
According to the ambassador, "in this regard, Thailand encourages the utilization of our existing mechanisms, including the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM), located in Bangkok.".