Vietnamese PM calls on ASEAN to boost regional cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called on Southeast Asian countries to take concrete steps in boosting cooperation in the region.

The Vietnamese PM made the call when opening the 43rd ASEAN foreign ministers meeting (AMM) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday.

He also called on ASEAN member countries to boost cooperation in a wider regional working framework.

ASEAN, he added, also need to contribute actively to joint effors of the international community.

"I hope the foreign ministers will intensify in discussing and cooperation effectively with the sectoral ministers and the relevant partners in dealing the challenges," he said.

He underlined a number of challenges faced by Southeast Asian countries including the financial and economic crisis, climate change, natural disasters, pandemic, and declining natural resources.

While mentioning a number of significant achievements ASEAN had made, the Vietnamese PM said there were still so many things to be done by the ASEAN community.

He also underlined a number of other issues in urgent need of attention of the region including maintaining peace and security in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam is now the ASEAN alternate chairman. ASEAN groups Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Indonesian delegation at the meeting is headed by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and the Political, Legal and Security affairs Coordinating Minister.(*)

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