The workshop in Algiers on November 27 (Source: VNA)

Algiers (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru has highlighted the importance of joining ASEAN to the socio-economic development of Vietnam, as well as the country’s role in ASEAN at present at a workshop in Algiers on November 27.

Jointly organised by ASEAN member nation embassies in Algeria and the Algerian Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations, the workshop, focused on issues related to the regional cooperation organisation.

Themed "Unity, peace, and prosperity”, the event attracted delegates from the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; foreign delegations from embassies in the country; students studying national administration, international relations, and political science in Algerian universities; as well as local media.

Ambassadors of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam were the main speakers at the event, while an ambassador from the Republic of Korea was the guest speaker.

Their presentations mentioned several aspects of ASEAN, such as the process of forming and developing the bloc, mechanisms of cooperation, prospects and challenges, and relations between ASEAN and partners outside the region.

The role played by ASEAN in some major regional and international issues, future development strategies of the bloc, and the relations between ASEAN and its major partners, especially with China, were some of the hot topics under debate at the workshop.

The East Sea issue was also a topic that attracted the interest of many participants at the event. –VNA