Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh: Joining ASEAN marks strategic decision of Vietnam

Update: 10:53 | 29/07/2020
Vietnam’s becoming the seventh member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked a strategic decision and paved the way for the country’s regional and international integration, which has also been seen as a milestone in the grouping’s development.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh speaks at a reception on July 28. (Photo: Tuan Anh)

The remarks were made by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh at a reception celebrating the ASEAN’s 53rd founding anniversary and Vietnam’s 25-year ASEAN membership in Ha Noi on July 28.

He said the 25-year membership in ASEAN has brought about pragmatic benefits to Vietnam, while Vietnam has also made major contributions to ASEAN’s development and success during the period.

Vietnam has always considered the ASEAN a common house where it has joined hands with other member countries in building a strong ASEAN Community, for the prosperity of each nation, as well as for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world at large, he stressed.

Minh said the grouping’s existence, development, solidarity and centrality are factors that have brought peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia.

The ASEAN has promoted multilateralism and trade liberalization, and formed core mechanisms for economic and security structures in Asia-Pacific, thus helping to expand its partnership and cooperation with countries and organizations in the world, he continued.

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As ASEAN Chair in 2020, Vietnam has carried forward the community-based mindset and actions to closely coordinate with other member countries in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic in a flexible manner and ensuring normal activities of the bloc as well as the implementation of priorities and initiatives.

The ASEAN is working hard to materialize short, mid and long-term plans such as setting up the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and warehouses of medical supplies, compiling standard pandemic response procedures, and completing plans for comprehensive recovery post-COVID-19, among others.

The bloc has also taken the initiative in anticipating and seizing the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution by joining new-technology sectors, developing a network of smart cities, and improving human resources quality.

These achievements have demonstrated a cohesive and responsive ASEAN, Minh said.

The official also highlighted the support and cooperation of partners, countries and organizations worldwide with the grouping, saying Vietnam has received the wholehearted support of other ASEAN member countries and international friends while performing its ASEAN Chairmanship.

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(Source: VNA)