At the meeting, ASEAN Foreign Ministers emphasised the need to intensify cooperation in pandemic response, suggesting the urgent implementation of the ASEAN Action Plan on Vaccine Security and Self Reliance, the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies for Public Health Emergencies as well as the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.

The ministers took the occasion to exchange views on many regional and international issues of common concern such as the East Sea, the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.

On the same day, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son attended the 23rd ASEAN Political-Security Community Council Meeting as part of the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-54).

Given the complex developments in the region, the meeting stressed the need for the grouping to strengthen its solidarity, trust, understanding and central role, and maintain dialogues and cooperation with its partners.

In his remarks, Son said an environment of peace, security and stability is the prerequisite to cope with the pandemic. He also suggested adding emerging issues to the political-security community blueprint 2025./.