38th and 39th ASEAN Summits open hinh anh 1Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attends the 38th ASEAN Summit via videoconference on October 26 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The 38th and 39th Summits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and related meetings opened on October 26 under the chairmanship of Brunei – the country holding ASEAN chair in 2021.

The event took place virtually with a focus on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting economic recovery.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended the conference.

With the theme "We care, we prepare, we prosper", the ASEAN meetings are expected to discuss a number of issues, including further strengthening the capacity of the ASEAN Community towards post-COVID-19 economic recovery, enhancing ASEAN's readiness in tackling common challenges and seizing new opportunities to pursue shared prosperity, while maintaining cooperation to achieve long-term goals of the region.

The 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits and related meetings will last until October 28. 

Along with ASEAN leader, the meetings see the participation of leaders of ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, the United States, Australia, Russia, and representatives of other countries./.