Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh called on all ASEAN member nations to seek suitable solutions to the crisis in Myanmar during the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting organized in Indonesia on Saturday.
During the meeting, PM Chinh affirmed that Vietnam, as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-21, has worked to create favorable conditions to work out the right resolution for the Myanmar situation.
The premier asked all ASEAN member nations to collaborate closely at UN forums to mobilize support for the bloc’s efforts in approaching and finding suitable solutions to the issue.
Leaders of ASEAN member states expressed their concern over the deteriorating situation which seriously affects the lives of citizens, calling for self-restraint and end of force, according to the Vietnam Government Portal.
Under the spirit of solidarity and non-interference in internal affairs, the leaders agreed that ASEAN representatives will be sent to Myanmar to learn about the situation, contact the relevant sides, and propose ways and measures to promote dialogue and reconciliation.
The bloc will continue boosting humanitarian assistance efforts to help Myanmarese people via the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA).
Regarding the ASEAN Community building process, the leaders agreed that the bloc is facing a range of challenges that threaten peace, stability, and development in each member country.
ASEAN must work together to forge ahead with solidarity, unity, and mutual assistance to lead the region to overcome this hard time.
They considered that stepping up efforts in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and achieving comprehensive recovery is the top priority.
COVID-19 response initiatives, which were adopted last year, need to be effectively implemented, including putting into operation the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund to purchase vaccine shots and support recovery efforts.
On external relations, the leaders agreed to further strengthen effective, practical, and balanced dialogue and cooperation with partners based on basic principles.
On the sidelines of the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting, PM Chinh also had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia on Saturday.
He wrapped up his first overseas trip since his election earlier this month and returned to Hanoi later the same day.