They discussed the bloc’s internal issues, especially the progress of ASEAN Community establishment for sustainable development, and emerging regional and international issues.
Upon addressing the event, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said Vietnam will do its utmost to realize ASEAN priorities in 2019 as preparations for Vietnam to take over ASEAN Chair in 2020.
He extolled progresses in ASEAN’s cooperation over the past years, noting that Vietnam is willing to coordinate with Thailand in carrying out the regional grouping’s 2019 tasks.
Minh proposed that ASEAN member states closely cooperate and offer mutual support in enhancing creativity, supporting start-up development, and training high-quality workforce.
Voicing concern over escalating militarization in the East Sea, he suggested ASEAN reinforce solidarity and step up efforts to promote peace, stability, and security in the region on the basis of agreed principles.