ASEAN political-security, coordinating councils convene meetings

Update: 08:20 | 28/04/2018

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the 17th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APSC) Meeting and the 21th ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Meeting in Singapore on April 27, on the threshold of the 32nd ASEAN Summit.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

Speaking of the two functions, Deputy PM Minh underscored the need to strengthen the monitoring work to ensure all cooperation activities are implemented in an effective and substantive fashion.

It is also necessary to enhance solidarity, self-resilience, and the central role of ASEAN on the basis of international law and the bloc’s basic principles, in a bid to build a peaceful, safe, and rules-based community, he emphasized.

Politburo member Minh also suggested strengthening the communication work to raise public awareness of the ASEAN Community, which Vietnam is undertaking via a national plan for 2017 – 2020.

He said the available resources of the ASEAN Secretariat be utilized, while its role should be promoted.

The deputy PM praised Singapore’s initiative of building the ASEAN network of smart cities toward an innovative and people-centered ASEAN community.

During the APSC meeting, ASEAN ministers were delighted at the fact that 82% of the workload in the APSC plan for the realization of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 has been undertaken.

They agreed to increase all-round cooperation in the fight against terrorism, trans-border crime and drug trafficking, ensuring maritime and cybersecurity, nuclear security and safety, and disaster relief.

They highlighted the necessity of monitoring and assessment in boosting intra-bloc cooperation and noted ASEAN needs to improve its central role in pushing for dialogue, cooperation and trust building in the region. They said they support efforts made by the bloc and China in negotiating an effective and legally-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

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Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh (fifth from left) and delegates the 17th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APSC) Meeting.

At the ACC meeting, the ministers reviewed all preparation work for the 32nd ASEAN Summit.

They underscored the need to increase inter-sector and inter-pillar coordination in ASEAN, which includes improving the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat and coordinating function of the ASEAN Joint Consultative Meeting.

Participating ASEAN members said it is necessary to boost connectivity and narrow development gaps in ASEAN via the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and Work Plan III of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration.

The ACC voted Kung Phoak, a Cambodian national, to be Vice President of the ASEAN Secretariat overseeing the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

Source: NDO

 
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