Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi on April 26 for the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia at the invitation of his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Nguyen Van Nen, and Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, among others.

Themed “Our People, Our Community, Our Vision”, the Summit, from April 26-27, focuses on how to promote links among ASEAN member nations.

The plenary session is to debate measures towards forming an ASEAN Community in 2015 and building the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision.

Vietnam’s participation in the event is expected to boost ASEAN connectivity, strengthen solidarity and unity, thus making the group’s operation more effective and pushing the role of the bloc in ensuring peace, security, cooperation and development in the region.-VNA