Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as Chairman of
ASEAN in 2020, issued a statement on ASEAN’s joint response to the outbreak
of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),
in the face of complicated development of the epidemic.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VNA)
The statement expressed the concern of ASEAN leaders
about the complicated development of the epidemic, which seriously impacts
people’s life and the development of ASEAN countries as well as the region
and the world as a whole.
Stressing the ASEAN’s solidarity and spirit of a
“cohesive and responsive” community, ASEAN leaders affirmed their strong
commitment to joining hands to control and curb the spread of the epidemic,
ensuring a safe life for their people.
The statement welcomed the efforts in the framework
of ASEAN medical cooperation and cooperation with partners (China, Japan and
the Republic of Korea), and underlined that ASEAN will enhance coordination
at both national and regional levels, coordinate joint work among relevant
sectors for a synchronized and effective approach of the ASEAN Community as
well as for stronger cooperation with the World Health Organisation,
partners and international organisations in preventing and controlling the
The statement also affirmed solidarity and strong
support of ASEAN for the tremendous efforts of the Government and people of
China as well as the international community in responding to the epidemic.
ASEAN countries will maintain the open-door policy
and agree to coordinate in quarantine work at border gates of member
countries, the statement said, requiring diplomatic representative agencies
of ASEAN countries in a third country to provide consular support for ASEAN
citizens when necessary, and cooperate to fight fake information on the
ASEAN leaders pledged to give a high priority to
fighting the epidemic and called for joint efforts of the international
As part of the ASEAN’s joint response to the
COVID-19, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, as
Chairman of the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC), has proposed organizing an
extraordinary meeting of the ACC and coordinating with China to hold a
special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the occasion of the
upcoming 5th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in
Vientiane to discuss cooperation in fighting COVID-19./.