ASEAN Set To Add East Asia Summit Members: Secretary-General

Thursday, May 20, 2010

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said during a speech at a Tokyo forum Thursday that ASEAN will consider expanding the East Asia summit's membership from the current 16 countries.

The enlarged membership would enable member countries to take on a wider range of issues, including political and security matters, he said at the 16th International Conference on the Future of Asia.

The rest of the world is counting on East Asia's continued robust growth at a time when the European and U.S. economies remain weak, he said.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.