Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Ambassador Tran Duc Binh, head of the Vietnamese permanent mission to ASEAN, chaired the event, the first of its kind under Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, aimed to review cooperation activities within the framework of the EAS.
He highlighted the theme of a “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN” and priorities Vietnam has set as Chair to promote the development of the ASEAN Community and step up relations with ASEAN partners for peace and sustainable development, as well as increase the constructive role of ASEAN in the international community.
EAS countries welcomed this year’s theme and affirmed their support for Vietnam’s priorities, saying they are ready to back ASEAN and Vietnam in implementing these priorities along with initiatives and activities proposed by Vietnam.
The meeting acknowledged and appreciated the positive results of cooperation activities to implement decisions made by senior leaders since 2005 and the Manila action plan for 2018-2022 to prevent terrorism and cross-border crime, intensifying ASEAN connectivity, marine cooperation, and collaboration in information technology and communications, energy, the environment and natural disaster management.
Established in 2005, the EAS now has 18 member countries, including the 10 ASEAN states and their eight partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the US.