The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the founding members of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
The ASEAN Charter serves as a firm foundation in achieving the ASEAN Community by providing legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN. It also codifies ASEAN norms, rules and values; sets clear targets for ASEAN; and presents accountability and compliance.
The secretariat of ASEAN is situated at Jakarta, Indonesia.
There are ten member states of ASEAN as follows:
The ASEAN Summit is a semi-annual meeting held by its members. As on date there are thirty one ASEAN Summits held. The 31st summit held at Manila, Philippines from 13 – 14 November 2017.
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