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Prime Minister's Letter on Rescheduling the 36th ASEAN Summit handed to ASEAN Ambassadors

20-03-2020, 09:33:00

CMSC On 19 March, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a letter to Leaders of ASEAN Member States and New Zealand on rescheduling the 36th ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN-New Zealand Leaders’ Summit.

1. In view of the complicated developments of the COVID-19 situation, on 19 March 2020, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a letter to Leaders of ASEAN Member States and New Zealand on rescheduling the 36th ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN-New Zealand Leaders’ Summit that was planned to be held in Da Nang on 8-9 April 2020 to the end of June 2020. 

In the letter, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that Viet Nam has so far finalised all preparatory works for the Summit. However, the rescheduling is necessary as the COVID-19 spread is getting more complex that led to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring it a pandemic. The Prime Minister expressed high appreciation for the active support and close collaboration from ASEAN Member States in joining hands with the Chair to promote a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community. The Prime Minister strongly believes that with shared determination and joint efforts, in the spirit of solidarity, caring and mutual support, the ASEAN Community will stay strong and surpass all challenges, thereby, securing peaceful living for its peoples and prosperity for its members states.

2. In the afternoon of March 19th, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung had separate meetings with Ambassadors of ASEAN member states and New Zealand to hand over the letters of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Leaders of these countries. Deputy Minister Nguyen Quoc Dzung stressed that despite the current difficulties posed by the coronavirus outbreak, ASEAN needs to continue its efforts to maintain the momentum of cooperation and integration, promote the spirit of a cohesive and responsive ASEAN Community. The Deputy Foreign Minister looked forward to continued close cooperation among ASEAN Member States to mitigate the pandemic’s negative impacts on the ASEAN Community building process as well as on Member States’ socio-economic situation. The Deputy Foreign Minister also shared a number of measures that Viet Nam, as the ASEAN Chair, will proactively undertake in the coming period to ensure the continuity of ASEAN’s work in 2020 and further strengthen cooperation to effectively prevent and control the pandemic. 

On this occasion, the representative of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Embassies on Viet Nam’s strong measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures have been commonly applied for all travelers arriving in Viet Nam, regardless of their nationalities (including the Vietnamese people), in line with all current health quarantine regulations to prevent and combat with the pandemic. 

At the meeting, the Ambassadors of ASEAN Member States expressed their great appreciation for Viet Nam’s effective preparation and response, their support on rescheduling of the 36th ASEAN Summit. The Ambassadors also affirmed that they will continue to work closely with Viet Nam in the coming period to prepare for the Summit./.

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