10:00 | 09/03/2018 Events
Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung attended the ASEAN Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) in Singapore from March 7-8.
|Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung Photo: MOFA|
The JCM aimed to review agenda and events of the 32nd ASEAN Summit scheduled for April 25-28 in the island state. Themed “Resilient and Creative ASEAN,” leaders of the bloc will review the construction of the ASEAN Community and devise supplementary measures for the process.
Participants gave their feedback on the contents of documents of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, during which countries are due to adopt the Chairman’s Statement, the Declaration on the Vision of ASEAN Leaders on a resilient and creative ASEAN, documents on definition of the establishment of ASEAN Smart Cities Network, and ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on Cyber Security Cooperation.
In order to further push forward the construction of the ASEAN Community, high-ranking leaders will raise ideas to improve the working efficiency of ASEAN cooperation apparatus, including enhancing the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat, boosting regional linkage and connectivity, and effectively realising inter-sectoral and inter-pillar contents, and orientations to relations with external partners.
The ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) was also held on March 7 to discuss regional and global matters.
On the East Sea issue, countries agreed to maintain ASEAN’s principles, step up consultation with partners, as well as strengthen trust building among regional states.
The meeting heard a report on the outcomes of the 23rd Meeting of the ASEAN- China Joint Working Group (JWG 23) on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) held in Nha Trang city in Vietnam’s central province of Khanh Hoa in late February.
Deputy FM Dung, who is also head of the Vietnam ASEAN SOM, reiterated Vietnam’s commitment to actively, proactively and responsibly joining the construction of the ASEAN Community, adding that the bloc’s continued maintenance of solidarity and consensus on regional and global issues has contributed to peace and stability and reflected its central role in the region...