They chose to continue implementing the Hanoi Plan of Action and the ARF Vision Statement and partnership in areas such as combating terrorism and trans-national crimes, as well as maritime security, natural disaster relief, weapon non-proliferation, disarmament and peacekeeping.
The signing came after the bilateral meeting between Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings in Manila.
In their Joint Communique, the ASEAN foreign ministers said they have committed to enhance efforts to counter-terrorism and violent extremism in the region with Australia through the implementation of the renewed ASEAN-Australia Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism.
Participating countries underlined the significance of cooperation in stabilising regional finance and showed their support for free and equal trade, mentioning negations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the enhancement of the role of the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralisation Agreement in the regional financial network. At the ASEAN Regional Forum, the minister reaffirmed Canada's commitment to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and exchanged views with her counterparts from 26 governments on addressing key security issues, including the threat posed by North Korea and the rise of Daesh in Southeast Asia.
They approved the Working Plan for 2018-2022, which will dictate ASEAN+3 cooperation for the next five years, and discussed preparations for a summit marking the 20th anniversary of ASEAN+3 scheduled for November 2017.
The European Union and Australia have signed a framework agreement to enhance security and trade cooperation, a joint media statement from the two countries released on Monday said.
While discussing regional and global issues, the ministers affirmed the central role of ASEAN in the region and agreed to maintain ASEAN's principles of addressing regional disputes peacefully in line with worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.
He called on partners and the worldwide community to continue the supporting efforts of ASEAN and China in negotiating a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.