Vietnam attends AMM 48-related meetings hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung attends the events (Photo: VNA)

A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung attended the ASEAN+3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM ASEAN+3) and the East Asia Summit Senior Officials Meeting (SOM EAS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 3.

The events were part of the 48 th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 48) and related meetings.

At the SOM ASEAN+3, the bloc’s senior officials together with those from three partners – China, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Japan – discussed the agenda for submission to the 16 th ASEAN+3 Ministerial Meeting, scheduled to take place on August 6.

The participants will present the outcomes of the implementation of the ASEAN+3 Plan of Action from 2007-2017 and a follow-on plan for the coming years to the ministers.

During the SOM EAS between 10 ASEAN member states and partners – China, the RoK, Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the US – panels discussed the development of East Asia’s current cooperation mechanism, especially since Russia and the US joined in 2011.

Officials will submit the East Asia Plan of Action to AMM 48 and call for the region to support the establishment of the ASEAN Community at the end of this year, while jointly addressing current challenges in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific at large.

Relevant functions such as the meeting of the Committee for Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Mekong-Japan Senior Officials Meeting, the Lower Mekong Initiative Senior Officials Meeting, and the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Senior Officials Meeting are taking place on the same day.-VNA