Senior officials of ASEAN countries met in the first ASEANSenior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of 2020 in Nha Trang city of the south centralprovince of Khanh Hoa on January 16.
At the meeting - Photo: VNA
The meeting is presided over by Deputy Foreign Minister andhead of the ASEAN SOM Vietnam delegation Nguyen Quoc Dung.
The meeting reviewed preparations for the ASEAN ForeignMinisters’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) slated for January 16 and 17. Theofficials also discussed the pace of implementation of ASEAN leaders’ decisionsat the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand in 2019, as well as externalrelations, regional and international issues, among others.
Participants spoke highly of the orientations, priorities andinitiatives proposed by Vietnam as Chair of ASEAN in 2020 to carry outcooperation plans of ASEAN in the year.
They also affirmed to put more efforts into raising theorganisation’s central role and positive image in international forums.
They added that as Vietnam and Indonesia are bothnon-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, ASEAN has morechances to bolster exchanges and cooperation with the UN and otherinternational organisations, thereby positively contributing to peace,stability, security and prosperity of the region and the world.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy FM Dung pledged that as ASEANChair in 2020, Vietnam will spare no efforts for success of the ASEANCommunity.
A programme of ASEAN SOM and documents waiting for approvalin the year were introduced on the occasion.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers are scheduled to hold a workingsession in the evening of January 16.