Vietnam to host ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, ASEAN Regional Forum meeting

18:01, July 08, 2010      

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Vietnam will host the 43rd ASEAN ( Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Ministerial Meeting and the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) conference from July 19 to 23, said Vietnamese Assistant Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh here on Thursday at a press briefing.

Vinh said that together with the two above-mentioned meetings, Vietnam will also hold post-ministerial conferences which include ten ministerial meetings between ASEAN and ten dialogue partners including Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States respectively.

The meetings are held annually and can be considered important meetings of foreign ministers of countries in Southeast Asia and Pacific, Vinh said.

At the meetings, participants are expected to focus their discussions on measures to promote cooperation within the ASEAN bloc and in the Asia-Pacific region, and preparations for the summits such as the 17th ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in October this year, according to Vinh.

Specifically, delegates will put forward measures to implement decisions made at the 16th ASEAN Summit in April this year, discuss ways to accelerate the process of building the ASEAN Community and bringing the ASEAN Charter into the reality and gain support of partners to achieve these goals, and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, he said.

The Vietnamese assistant foreign minister said that a number of important documents will be signed and adopted at these meetings.

A Joint Communique is expected to be adopted at the end of the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting while Chair Statements will be issued at other ministerial meetings to announce their outcomes and results, he said.

At the 17th ARF meeting, participants will officially approve an action plan to implement the vision of ARF statement by 2020, creating an overall framework for collaboration within the ARF from now to 2020.

The third Protocol amending the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) will also be signed to facilitate the accession of the European Union and European Community to the treaty, according to Vinh.

Source: Xinhua


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