|Viet Nam's national flag fluttered in the wind with flags of other countries in the initiation ceremony for Viet Nam to become the seventh member of the Association of South East Asian Nations - ASEAN on July 28, 1995. — VNA/VNS Tran Son
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh led a ceremony yesterday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Viet Nam's entry into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on July 28, 1995, and the bloc's formation 48 years ago on August 8, 1967.
The deputy PM, who is also Viet Nam's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the formation of the ASEAN Community in 2015 had a significant impact on all member states and the region.
He said that based on the pillars of politics, security, economy and culture, the ASEAN Community would improve the solidarity of the people, help reduce tension and disputes and build peace, co-operation and development in the region.
He said ASEAN, with a population of more than 600 million and the seventh largest GDP in the world, would continue to play an important part in maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
To achieve that goal, every ASEAN member state must strive to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities and unite.
In addition, ASEAN must take a proactive approach in safeguarding the region's peace and security by building towards a Code of Conduct to settle disputes through peaceful means and in accordance with international laws.
The deputy PM said he was grateful for the support and friendship of ASEAN member states in the last 20 years.
The ASEAN bloc includes Viet Nam, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. — VNS