VGP – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham
Binh Minh assured that ASEAN meeting schedules in Viet Nam this year remain
Foreign Ministers from 10 ASEAN member States and ASEAN
Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi to the Special Meeting of ASEAN Coordinating
Council (ACC) in Vientiane, Laos on February 20, 2020. Photo: VGP
Minh made the above statement at the special meeting
of ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday.
Viet Nam will take measures to ensure the highest
safety for delegates participating meetings in the country, the Deputy PM,
The ACC’s special meeting, initiated by Viet Nam as
current ASEAN Chair, aimed to discuss prompt implementation of the Chair’s
Statement on the bloc’s collective response to novel Coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak released on February 14.
Addressing the event, Deputy PM, FM Minh called on
ASEAN member States to promote cohesive and responsive spirit of the
Community and strengthen cooperation among them and between ASEAN and other
countries in order to mitigate negative impacts of the epidemic on life of
ASEAN citizens as well as development of the member countries.
Viet Nam has quickly responded to the epidemic as
evidenced by introduction of effective measures to contain the virus spread,
provide medical treatment to COVID-19 patients while trying to maintain
economic stability, said Minh, adding that Viet Nam’s efforts have been
recognized and appreciated by the World Health Organization.
He suggested ASEAN further enhance joint efforts in
the fight against the epidemic through sharing information transparently and
coordinating effectively among related agencies at boht national and
The member countries should pursue a balanced
approach to combating the epidemic and maintaining open economic
connectivity policies while upholding responsibilities of the Governments in
disseminating precise and timely information related to the epidemic
situation and prevention measures to their citizens and member countries.
Right after the meeting, Foreign Ministers of 10
ASEAN member States and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi
attended another special meeting to discuss ways to cope with the COVID-19