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The GCC Ministerial Council (18th session, March 1986) agreed to make initial contacts with some Far East countries, particularly ASEAN and the Republic of Korea for considering the possibility of conducting exploratory contacts with these countries. At its 66th session, the GCC Ministerial Council, upon the recommendation by the GCC Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee, agreed to begin economic dialogues with South East Asia nations.
To that end, the GCC General Coordinator of Negotiations made a visit, in February 2000, to the ASEAN headquarters in Indonesia, where he met the ASEAN Secretary-General and discussed cooperation between the GCC and ASEAN.
HE Ong Keng Yong Secretary General of ASEAN, visited the Secretariat General on 15th April 2007, and met with the GCC Secretary General to discuss means to develop relations, and to exchange viewpoints about the issues of mutual interest and to benefit from the GCC experience in join economic action.