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Three more countries join ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

November 11, 2020 | 07:25

Representatives of Colombia, Cuba and South Africa on November 10 signed the instruments in a virtual ceremony, in which the three countries join the ASEAN Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation (TAC), a step that broadens the prospects for cooperation among them and ASEAN member nations.

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Three more countries join ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation
The signing ceremony of the instruments of accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) by Colombia, Cuba and South Africa was held online on November 10. Source: VNA

The signing ceremony of the instruments of accession to the TAC by Colombia, Cuba and South Africa was held online on November 10.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Binh Minh, attended and witnessed the signing cremony.

In his remarks, Minh said the expansion of the treaty has reflected ASEAN’s position and role in enhancing cooperation, and in promoting peace and security in the region and the world.

The TAC was signed in Bali, Indonesia, in February 1976, becoming a key instrument governing relations between states to maintain regional peace and stability as well as one of the key codes of conduct in ASEAN’s central regional architecture.

In recent years, there is a growing interest of non-ASEAN member states in the treaty, Minh said, adding that the accession by Colombia, Cuba and South Africa to the TAC will further contribute to the reinforcement of importance and relevance of the treaty’s purposes and principles which encompass the peaceful settlement of disputes and resolutions of differences.

Minh called on the three countries to commit themselves to the purposes and strive further to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN while contributing to promoting peace and security in the region and beyond.

He also expressed his hope for more commitments, saying substantial and concrete actions should be put forth and taken to work towards a more peaceful, stable and prosperous region and the world.

Three more countries join ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (middle) and other delegates at the signing ceremony. Source: VNA

Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla recognised the work of Vietnam and ASEAN in the COVID-19 fight, and expressed his condolences to Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam over the heavy human and property losses caused by recent weather calamities. This shows the need to continue sharing the best experience in coping with natural disasters, he said.

The signing takes place in an international context that shows the values of solidarity and cooperation to control global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said.

He pledged to cooperate with ASEAN in biotechnology, pharmacy, medical services, Spanish language teaching, culture, sports, and strategies to address climate change, suggesting the establishment of a joint biotech research and development centre in ASEAN and the conduction of clinical tests./.

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