Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on November 17 left Hanoi for the 21 st ASEAN Summit and related summits hosted by Cambodia.

The ASEAN-21 and related summits, including ASEAN+3 Summit, the East Asia Summit and ASEAN+1 summits with partners, namely China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India and the US, will focus on accelerating the building of the ASEAN community and connectivity to maintain the group’s solidarity and central role in tackling issues of interest and focus that concern regional peace, security, stability and cooperation, and expanding in-depth relations with partners in a more practical and effective manner.

Aside from the summits there will be a meeting between ASEAN leaders and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and a Global Dialogue Forum.

At the ASEAN summit, regional leaders are expected to sign the Phnom Penh Declaration, adopt the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and several important documents regulating ASEAN cooperation. They include a declaration in consideration of the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) and the Plan of Action to Implement the Bali Concord III.

In the spirit of “activeness, proactiveness and responsibility”, the Vietnamese delegation will continue promoting results achieved together with ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Chair, Cambodia , contributing to the success of the summits.

This will help consolidate ASEAN’s solidarity and central role, contributing to building a united and strong ASEAN, as well as fostering peace, security, stability, cooperation and development in the region – aiding the role and position of Vietnam, and improving the country’s bilateral relations with partners.-VNA