Initiatives Raised by Vietnam Receive Support at AMM-55: Ambassador Vu Ho

Opinions raised by Vietnam at the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM-55) and related meetings, which took place in Cambodia from August 2-5, received support from other participating countries and were included in documents of the meetings, said Ambassador Vu Ho, acting head of ASEAN SOM Vietnam.
August 07, 2022 | 08:11
Initiatives Raised by Vietnam Receive Support at AMM-55: Ambassador Vu Ho
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and other ASEAN FMs at AMM-55. Photo: baoquocte.vn

The Vietnamese delegation to the event was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, who stressed the significance of trust building and called on sides to exercise restraint and handle disputes and differences by peaceful measures and in line with international law, the United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).

Son and other delegates reiterated ASEAN's principle stance on the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea) issue, and called for building it into a sea of peace, stability and cooperation, according to The World & Vietnam Report.

They called for greater efforts to seriously implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and build an effective, efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).

The Vietnamese delegation also raised initiatives regarding the ASEAN Community building, post-2025 ASEAN development orientations, sustainable recovery and development, as well as response to traditional and non-traditional security challenges, according to Ambassador Ho.

Initiatives Raised by Vietnam Receive Support at AMM-55: Ambassador Vu Ho
Ambassador Vu Ho, acting head of ASEAN SOM Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Anh

He noted that this was the first in-person AMM meeting after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, and one of the most important activities of ASEAN in the year with the participation of ASEAN foreign ministers and partners in and outside the region.

It offered an opportunity for the countries to review intra-bloc cooperation as well as collaboration between ASEAN and its partners, and seek orientations for the future, the ambassador continued.

The delegates also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, thus affirming the role and strategic values of ASEAN-led mechanisms in promoting dialogue and cooperation.

The event closed with the adoption of a joint communique demonstrating the solidarity, unity and responsibility of the ten-member grouping, the ambassador said.

Vietnam attends 29th ARF in Phnom Penh

Earlier, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son attended the 29th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) that took place within AMM-55, VietnamPlus reported.

Participants spent much time discussing many regional and international issues. Sharing common concerns, FM Son emphasised the importance of dialogue, goodwill cooperation and responsible contributions for the common goal of peace, security, stability and development.

Affirming ASEAN's principled stance on the South China Sea issue, the Vietnamese FM stressed the importance of ensuring peace, security, stability as well as safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters.

Regarding the recent developments in the region, Son reiterated the stances of ASEAN and Vietnam, calling on all parties to exercise restraint, avoid complicating the situation, and resolve differences and disputes by peaceful means in compliance with international law, the UN Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).

The Vietnamese FM said that ASEAN will maintain its engagement with Myanmar, promote the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus reached by the ASEAN Leaders for the benefit of the people of Myanmar and for peace, stability and development in the region.

30 documents on regional cooperation adopted

Initiatives Raised by Vietnam Receive Support at AMM-55: Ambassador Vu Ho
AMM-55 and related meetings have successfully concluded, with some 30 documents on regional cooperation adopted. Photo: baoquocte.vn

AMM-55 and related meetings have successfully concluded, with some 30 documents on regional cooperation adopted, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said on August 6.

"We have reviewed the progress made thus far to strengthen ASEAN's community building, advance regional integration, and enhance our cooperation with external partners," he told a press conference.

The official said that over the course of three and a half days, 19 meetings were held back-to-back, with the participation of foreign ministers and representatives from 38 countries.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, he said the ASEAN foreign ministers encouraged the effective operationalisation of the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies for Public Health Emergencies.

He added that the ministers also stressed the need to strengthen supply chain connectivity, support economic recovery and improve stability and resilience of the region.

According to Sokhonn, the foreign ministers of ASEAN and its dialogue partners also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.

"ASEAN is committed to ensuring the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement ... to enhance ASEAN's attractiveness for trade, investment and global supply chain," he said.

Cambodia is the chair of ASEAN for 2022, which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam./.

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