Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung (Photo: VNA)
The UN General Assembly’s recent adoption of a resolution on ASEAN-UN cooperation has demonstrated the UN’s acknowledgement of the grouping’s position and capacity, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung has said.
The resolution was approved during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on November 23, with the backing of 110 countries, the highest number of co-sponsors for the document since it was introduced for the first time in 2002.
As the ASEAN Chair 2020, Vietnam represented the grouping in drafting and negotiating for the resolution.
In an interview granted to the press, Trung attributed the adoption to Vietnam’s significant contributions as well as coordination between ASEAN member countries.
He recalled a working session on ASEAN’s role in the region and its coordination with the UN, held by Vietnam in January when the country began to assume the UNSC’s non-permanent membership.
As the ASEAN Chair 2020, Vietnam has coordinated and maintained the operation of the bloc in various spheres in the context of global changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, Trung said.
Many proposals raised by the country have received support from other ASEAN member countries and partners, he stressed, adding that ASEAN’s successes in the year have contributed to improving its position, role and contributions to international issues.VNA