A view of the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (ASEAN SOM) which opened in Singapore on February 5 (Photo: VNA)

Singapore (VNA) - A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of Vietnam ASEAN SOM, attended the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (ASEAN SOM) which opened on February 5 in Singapore to prepare contents for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat).

The delegates agreed on the agenda and working programme of the AMM Retreat that will take place in Singapore on February 5-6, including implementing the outcomes of the 31st ASEAN Summits (in the Philippines in November 2017), and the main priorities of ASEAN in 2018 and the world and regional situation.

Besides, ASEAN SOM heads reviewed the implementation of the Master plan on ASEAN Political – Security Community, cooperation themes of ASEAN in 2018 and the bloc’s external relations, including the methods to build the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC). ASEAN and China are scheduled to start COC negotiations in Vietnam in March.

The meeting also looked into draft documents to be submitted to the Foreign Ministers.-VNA