PSNews - ASEAN Foreign Ministers have adopted a Joint Communiqué of the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-53), Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of SOM ASEAN of Vietnam said on the sidelines of the AMM-53 and related meetings on September 10.
|Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of SOM ASEAN of Vietnam.
Speaking to the press, the Deputy FM stressed that the issuance of a Joint Communiqué of the AMM-53 reflected the solidarity and high consensus as well as the resolve of ASEAN in announcing its views on internal matters, the building of the ASEAN Community and regional and world issues, adding that it is also a success of the host country – Vietnam.
According to Dung, the Joint Communiqué covers many aspects, but the important thing is that it has acknowledged all the work of ASEAN in the recent past, as well as all the initiatives and proposals made by Vietnam in 2020.
Regarding the East Sea issue and the negotiations on a Code of Conduct (COC) of parties in the East Sea, the Deputy FM said the issue was given appropriate attention in the AMM 53’s Joint Communiqué, demonstrating ASEAN’s concern over the issue and the bloc’s basic viewpoints and wishes, including the early achievement of a quality COC that is in accordance with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“We hope to continue the negotiations on the COC as early as possible,” Dung said, adding that it depends greatly on the coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, which is currently the Philippines.
He also affirmed that, the Joint Communiqué took note of initiatives and efforts of ASEAN countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the ASEAN Fund for COVID-19 Response, the Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies and a post-COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
As he said, the ASEAN Fund for COVID-19 Response, set up at the 36th ASEAN Summit, now has several million USD and countries are continuing to contribute to it.
The official then stated that, at the meetings, Vietnam and other ASEAN members have demonstrated solidarity and high consensus on essential and core matters, including the central role of ASEAN and the bloc’s independence and neutrality.By An Nhien