Deputy PM to attend special ASEAN-China meeting on response to Covid-19
VGP – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham
Binh Minh will attend the fifth Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign
Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, from February 19 to 20, at the
invitation of Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith.
Deputy PM to attend special ASEAN-China meeting on
response to Covid-19
On the occasion, as the chairman of the ASEAN
Coordinating Council (ACC), Deputy PM Minh will chair a special meeting of
the ACC and co-chair the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on
cooperation in response to the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel
Earlier, after discussing with ASEAN member
countries, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as Chairman of ASEAN in 2020,
issued a statement on ASEAN’s collective response to the Covid-19 outbreak,
in the face of complicated developments of the epidemic.
The statement expressed the concern of ASEAN leaders
about the complicated development of the disease, which seriously impacts
the people’s life and the development of ASEAN countries as well as in the
region and the world as a whole. Stressing the ASEAN’s solidarity and spirit
of a “cohesive and responsive” community, ASEAN leaders affirmed their
strong commitment to joining hands to control and curb the spread of the
epidemic, ensuring a safe life for their people.
The statement welcomed the efforts currently
underway in the framework of ASEAN medical cooperation and cooperation with
partners (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), underlining that ASEAN
will enhance coordination at both national and regional levels, coordinate
joint work among relevant sectors for a synchronised and effective approach
of the ASEAN Community, and strengthen ASEAN’s cooperation with the World
Health Organisation, partners and international organisations in preventing
and controlling the epidemic.
The statement also affirmed ASEAN’s solidarity and
strong support for the tremendous efforts of the Government and people of
China as well as the international community in responding to the epidemic.
As part of the ASEAN’s joint response to Covid-19,
Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh, as Chairman of the ACC, has proposed
organising an extraordinary meeting of the ACC and coordinating with China
to hold a Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to discuss
cooperation in fighting Covid-19./.