Jakarta (ANTARA) - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday said his country, together with the United States and Japan, fully supports the ASEAN-led regional architecture and the bloc’s centrality.

Speaking at the 24th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit here, he pointed out that last year, South Korea had launched the Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative (KASI).

The initiative emphasizes South Korea's support for ASEAN centrality, strengthening strategic cooperation in the political and security field, and exploring cooperation in digital infrastructure and climate change.

It also demonstrates Korea's full support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

President Yoon Suk Yeol also highlighted the presence of an annual trilateral Indo-Pacific dialogue, and the trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation Framework, aiming to support the maritime security capabilities of Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations.

The trilateral dialogue refers to the cooperation between South Korea, the US, and Japan that was forged at Camp David last August, and which Yoon described as a new chapter in trilateral cooperation between the three countries.

At the summit, he informed that South Korea will hold the 2030 World Expo in Busan. He said South Korea could hopefully share its experiences with ASEAN countries on how it became a leading country in half a century.

South Korea is also keen on providing a platform where it can work together with its ASEAN partners, and explore solutions to the challenges facing mankind, Yoon said.

He asked for ASEAN's support so that they can again contribute to building a better future in the Indo-Pacific and humanity.

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