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19th ASEAN summit kicks off in Bali, Indonesia

(Xinhua)

13:26, November 17, 2011

Leaders of ASEAN members pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 17, 2011. The summit kicked off here on Thursday, gathering heads of state or government from 10 ASEAN member states.(Xinhua/Jiang Fan)

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit kicked off here on Thursday, gathering heads of state or government from 10 ASEAN member states.

The summit, themed "ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations", is chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

In the inaugural address, Yudhoyono showed sympathy towards the victims of natural disasters in the Southeast Asian region this year and expressed solidarity with the governments of affected countries.

"The summit is convened to solicit cooperation in the Southeast Asian region to reach the ASEAN Community by 2015," Yodhoyono said.

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