48th ASEAN foreign ministers' meet starts in Malaysia

The 48th ASEAN foreign ministers` meet opened here on Tuesday, drawing representatives from 10 Southeast Asian countries.

IANS| Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 13:29 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: The 48th ASEAN foreign ministers` meet opened here on Tuesday, drawing representatives from 10 Southeast Asian countries.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in its final stages to establish a single community by the end of 2015, which involves a plan to create a common economic, political-security and socio-cultural region, Xinhua reported.

"This will be a huge step towards making the ASEAN motto `One Vision, One Identity, One Community` a reality," said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

By establishing the ASEAN Community, the region is hoping to enhance its role as a global player and be more active in the international community, Najib said.

He added that an increasingly integrated ASEAN is on course to be the world`s fourth largest economy in 2050.

At the 48th meeting, the foreign ministers will focus mainly on the progress of implementing a for the ASEAN Community.

Established in 1967, ASEAN comprises 10 Southeast Asian countries, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.