From left to right: President of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, General Secretary of the Communist Party and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: VGP
The event saw the participation of the General Secretary of the Communist Party and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, General Secretary of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi as well as leaders of the ten ASEAN member countries.
In his opening speech, Nguyen Phu Trong observed that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on all economies. More than ever, nations and peoples around the world must stand together and coordinate to maintain peace and stability, he said, before stressing that populations must be cared for and protected in this difficult time.
The Vietnamese leader argued that ASEAN had managed to maintain its activities to consolidate its role and position in the region. However, the association still has to contend with countless challenges, he noted.
“Defining a position for ASEAN in the world at this time is a major concern,” he said. “Desire and the will to maintain a region of peace, stability, solidarity and unity on the basis of international law have always been and must remain the fundamental values of the Southeast Asian region and of the Community of ASEAN. In the new conjuncture, Asian countries must coordinate to materialize recovery initiatives and plans, with new effective cooperation modalities. "
Nguyen Phu Trong also recalled that Vietnam always advocates respect for independence and autonomy, while being in favor of multilateralisation and the diversification of its external relations. He reaffirmed our country's determination to be an active and responsible member of the international community, to work for peace, cooperation and development. This spirit is already the common thread of Vietnam's foreign policy, he said.
The Vietnamese leader also said that as President of ASEAN in 2020 in a "Cohesive and Responsive" spirit, Vietnam appreciated the solidarity and valuable support of other member countries.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that faced with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments of Asian countries are united to act together at national and regional level.
"The Covid-19 pandemic could not have hampered the ASEAN Community process," he said. “The mid-term evaluation on the implementation of the comprehensive plans of the ASEAN Community Vision for 2025 shows that the cooperation on the three pillars has been developed according to the established pace. A comprehensive ASEAN recovery framework and a detailed implementation plan will be adopted at the summit. We are also working to create a safe environment for business people and investors to travel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the immediate term, we plan to reopen the land borders for Asian citizens. "
Regarding the issue of the East Sea, the head of the Vietnamese government recalled that ASEAN remains committed to maintaining peace and stability in this maritime area. The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was the framework for all activities at sea, he said.
Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on ASEAN to focus its efforts on gradually stemming the Covid-19 pandemic, strengthening assistance to businesses in restoring economic activities, creating jobs and stabilizing people's lives.
Many events are planned for this 37 e ASEAN Summit including plenary session on 37 e ASEAN Summit, the official publication ceremony for the results of the ASEAN 2020 year, the ASEAN Summits with its partners (China, Japan, Republic of Korea, India) or the announcement ceremony the establishment of the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases.
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