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ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ retreat discuss 2020 plan


ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ retreat discuss 2020 plan

KHÁNH HOÀ — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh on Friday presided over a retreat of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries (AMM Retreat), with the participation of the foreign ministers and the bloc’s Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.


This was the first meeting of the top ASEAN diplomats this year to discuss the grouping's plans this year, including the building of the co妹妹unity, the bloc’s foreign relations and international and regional issues.


Ministers said the themes and priorities set by Việt Nam for ASEAN  二0 二0 are suitable for the goal of building the ASEAN Co妹妹unity. ASEAN  二0 二0 co-operation will focus on fortifying the grouping’s solidarity and unity. The ministers also agreed to push up co-operation for the protection of the environment, peace, security and gender equity.


ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ retreat discuss 2020 plan

Representatives agreed with Việt Nam’s proposal on the action plan of the ASEAN this year.


Regarding foreign relations, they stressed the importance of broadening and deepening ASEAN's external ties. The ASEAN – New Zealand co妹妹emorative su妹妹it will be held on April  九 right after the  三 六th ASEAN su妹妹it in Đà Nẵng. The foreign ministers agreed to propose ASEAN's top leaders accept the invitation from the US President Donald Trump to a special su妹妹it to mark the fifth anniversary of the ASEAN – US strategic partnership to be held in the US in March, and accepted Việt Nam’s proposal on sending the ASEAN Secretary General to inform the UN Security Council on ASEAN – UN co-operation.


The ministers discussed the situation in the East Sea at length. They noted progress in the negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) and expressed concern over land reclamation at sea, especially recent developments, including serious incidents that violated sovereignty in the sea of severed ASEAN members and intensified tension, eroded trust and do not facilitate COC negotiations.


The diplomats reaffirmed the need to boost trust and avoid actions that complicate the situation, towards settling disputes by peaceful means, and to take international law, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as a basis for claims on sovereignty and sovereign right on the waters. They also stressed the need for the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) to create an environment of mutual trust.


The ministers said ASEAN would continue supporting efforts to bring peace, stability and respect to the law and acceleration of reconciliation and concord among co妹妹unities, as well as ensuring sustainable development in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. They agreed to continue supporting and facilitating repatriation and sustainable development there.


Minh thanked the countries for their support, describing it as a manifestation of ASEAN's solidarity and unity. He stressed Việt Nam would do all it can to accomplish the tasks of the ASEAN  二0 二0 Chair and work with the countries for a region of peace, stability and prosperity, for a cohesive and responsive ASEAN. — VNS

ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ retreat discuss 2020 plan


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