DPM attends ASEAN-U.S., ASEAN-UN ministerial meetings
20:45 | 24/09/2016
VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh on September 23 attended the informal ASEAN-U.S. ministerial meeting in New York City, the U.S.

At the meeting, all the ministers underlined the importance of the ASEAN-U.S. strategic partnership and the maintenance of the course of the relations over the past time.

They agreed to make efforts in launching the reached agreements, especially the positive outcomes of the 4th ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Laos and the ASEAN-U.S. Action Plan for the 2016-2020 period.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed U.S. will continue its long-term commitments to the Asia-Pacific region, attach importance to the relationship with ASEAN and advocate the building of the ASEAN Community and its central role in the region.

The US Secretary of State also voiced support for active implementation of initiatives and commitments announced by President Barack Obama, including the U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative and programs within the cooperation framework of the lower Mekong countries.

Earlier, on September 22, FMs from ASEAN held meetings with the President of the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

They discussed orientations and measures to boost ASEAN-UN cooperation as well as regional and international situations, including the East Sea issue and non-traditional security challenges such as terrorism, trans-national crimes and climate change.

Speaking at the meetings, Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh stressed that ASEAN attaches importance to the relations and comprehensive cooperation with major partners, including the U.S. and the UN.

He suggested that the U.S. should help intensify cooperation with and support ASEAN in prioritized areas such as the development of the small and medium-sized enterprises, startup and innovation, science and technology, education and training, climate change adaption and the development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

He expected that the UN will closely cooperate with ASEAN to effectively realize the sustainable development goals and back ASEAN to improve the bloc’s capacity in enhancing regional connectivity and adapting to trans-national challenges.

Deputy PM, FM Minh also urged ASEAN and partners continue joint efforts to ensure peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea; promote the observation of international law, especially the principles of self-restraint and peaceful settlement of disputes and respect for diplomatic and legal processes; effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and soon reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea./.

By Thuy Dung

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