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Seoul (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK) and ASEAN have agreed to launch a working-level dialogue to strengthen cooperation in protecting the environment and tackling climate change, the former’s Foreign Ministry announced on December 16.

The two sides have wrapped up weeks of discussions to establish the RoK-ASEAN Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change and plan to hold the first meeting next year, the ministry said.

The RoK is the third partner after Japan and the European Union to have such a dialogue channel on the environment and climate change with the 10-member ASEAN.

At the 21st ASEAN-RoK Summit in November, both sides’ leaders agreed to boost equal development cooperation, and back efforts to narrow development gap, reduce poverty, intensify sub-region development collaboration, and increase the capacity of responding to such emerging challenges as climate change, disaster management, environmental protection and plastic waste reduction.

ASEAN member states include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam./.