PM Lee outlines ways to achieve united and cohesive Asean

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a united and cohesive ASEAN is a vital interest of every ASEAN member.

Sharing his perspectives at the plenary session of the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Mr Lee suggested several ways to achieve this.

First, ASEAN has to redouble its community building efforts.

He supporteds the proposal to realise the ASEAN Community built on three pillars  - political-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation- by 31st December 2015.

The second area is to implement the ASEAN Connectivity projects.

Mr Lee said a more integrated ASEAN would benefit its people, businesses and the wider region and hence the grouping must implement projects in the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.

The third is to expand cooperation with its external partners.