PH envoy to Spain Philippe Jones Lhuillier now ASEAN Committee in Madrid chair

Malaysian Amb. Akmal Che Mustafa hands over the ASEAN flag to Amb. Philippe Jones Lhuillier. This symbolizes the turnover of the ACM chairmanship to PH.

The country’s Ambassador to Spain has assumed the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee in Madrid (ACM). The position was formally turned over to Amb. Philippe Jones Lhuillier through a ceremony that was recently held at the Philippine Embassy in Madrid.

The ACM comprises ambassadors from ASEAN-member countries that maintain embassies in Madrid. Those nations are the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The turnover rite commences the six-month chairmanship of the Philippines. In his acceptance remarks, Amb. Lhuillier said he aims to elevate the engagement between the ASEAN and Spain in two ways: through the promotion of greater awareness and cultural understanding of the region among Spanish people and through strengthening the economic ties between the two parties.

From left to right: Indonesian Chargé d’ Affaires Bayu Hari Saktiawan, Amb. Akmal Che Mustafa (Malaysia), PH Amb. Lhuillier, Amb. Phantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit (Thailand), and Amb. Hoang Xuan Hai (Vietnam)

“I hope that we are able to forge stronger ties with each other as we tread through pandemic-stricken times and function under a new normal,” said Amb. Lhuillier. “Let us all work together in elevating the ASEAN through greater awareness and greater cultural understanding and appreciation among nations.” He also appealed for support and cooperation from his counterparts in fulfilling the goal.

The meeting was the first face-to-face session facilitated by the committee as the pandemic situation in Spain improves.