HA NOI — Together with other ASEAN countries, the Vietnamese delegation regretted that the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting had failed to issue a joint statement.
The statement was made yesterday by Pham Quang Vinh, Deputy Foreign Minister and Head of the Vietnamese senior official meeting delegation, in response to Vietnamese reporters' questions on the conference's failure to issue a joint statement.
The statement was expected to reflect the progress of discussions and positive outcomes reached in meetings of ASEAN member countries and between ASEAN and its partners, according to Vinh.
During the discussion of the joint statement, ASEAN countries, particularly the ASEAN Foreign Ministers, exerted efforts to find the most suitable formulas to reflect the common interests of member nations, and had many chances to reach a consensus and unanimity, Vinh said.
However, the deputy FM said, it was regrettable that the above-said positive, constructive efforts of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers and opportunities to reach a consensus had been missed.
Viet Nam believed whether a joint statement was issued or not, existing ASEAN decisions still had to be strictly implemented. More than ever, ASEAN countries should uphold their responsibility, maintain and strengthen ASEAN solidarity, and bring into play the group's key role in and contributions to prioritised and essential issues of ASEAN and the region, especially the building of the community, he stressed.
ASEAN needed to promote regional links and connectivity and build an environment of peace, stability, security and co-operation while enhancing relations with partners and effectively coping with emerging challenges, Vinh added. — VNS