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ASEAN needs to strengthen political-security cooperation to ensure peace

VGP – ASEAN needs to strengthen political-security cooperation for ensuring a peaceful and stable environment, said Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

08/02/2021 10:31

In his remarks at the 23rd ASEAN Political-Security Community Council meeting, Bui stressed that an environment of peace, security and stability is the prerequisite to cope with the pandemic, spur recovery and maintain regional growth.

He suggested that ASEAN should work on a comprehensive approach in relations with its present partners as well as new potential ones.

Bui also proposed cautiously reviewing operational protocols of ASEAN-led mechanisms in order to maintain the values and goals while promoting participation and constructive dialogue from ASEAN’s partners.

The Vietnamese FM commented that inter-sectoral and inter-pillar coordination requires a creative approach amidst challenges regarding navigation security, COVID-19 and humanitarian aid. He suggested updating emerging issues to the APSC Blueprint 2025, adding that more attention should be given to agendas on women, peace and security.

At the videoconference, the ASEAN Secretary General delivered a report informing that despite a range of challenges, political and security cooperation in ASEAN has reached significant achievements, notably the implementation of recommendations of the Mid-term Review of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Council.

The Secretary General went on to say that given the complex developments in the region, the bloc needs to strengthen its solidarity, trust, understanding and central role, and maintain dialogues and cooperation with its partners, for regional peace, security and stability.

The 23rd ASEAN Political-Security Community Council meeting was held in the framework of the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting under the chair of Brunei Darussalam from August 2-8./.

By Nguyen Minh