Within the framework of the Special Summit to celebrate the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-US relations, on May 12, 2022 (local time), Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and leaders of ASEAN countries had a working lunch. with the Representative of the Leaders of the US Congress.
Appreciating the importance of ASEAN to peace, security, stability and development in the region, the US lawmakers affirmed their support for ASEAN’s central role, pledging to support the US’ continued participation in ASEAN. Active, constructive and responsible participation in regional cooperation.
The US Congress representative suggested that current efforts should be prioritized to respond to the pandemic and promote recovery, and promote more proposals, initiatives and cooperation programs in areas of mutual benefit such as: economy, trade, investment, infrastructure development, education, training, human resource development, digital transformation, energy, climate change response…, contributing to long-term development and sustainability in the region.
The US lawmakers also expressed their hope that the two sides would strengthen coordination to promote dialogue and cooperation, effectively respond to and solve regional challenges and problems, and welcomed efforts to develop a Code of Conduct. Conduct (COC) in the East Sea, contributing to maintaining and ensuring a peaceful, secure and stable environment in the region.
Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highly appreciated the companionship and support of the US Congress, which is an important contribution to the dynamic and strong development of ASEAN-US relations over the past 45 years. . On this occasion, the Prime Minister especially thanked the US Congress and people for supporting ASEAN, including Vietnam, in controlling the pandemic. COVID-19 over the past two years.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized that changes in the regional and global situation are both challenges and motivations for ASEAN and the US to accompany and develop together. ASEAN welcomes the US for its commitment to supporting ASEAN’s central role, being ready to work with the US to overcome the epidemic, welcoming US businesses with many attractive business and investment opportunities, and ensuring a successful recovery. supply chain; He hoped that major countries, including the US, would cooperate with ASEAN to ensure peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea.
The Prime Minister suggested that it is necessary to soon build regular contacts through contacts between the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and the US Congress to strengthen trust and maintain sincere dialogue on all matters. problems in cooperation. At the same time, it is necessary to establish a cooperative relationship on the basis of equality and mutual benefit among legislative bodies, which is a premise for comprehensive long-term cooperation between the National Assembly/Parliament, and policy coordination. effectively respond to common challenges.
The Prime Minister also emphasized that the two sides need to pay attention to cooperation programs for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, creating conditions for future generations to develop together, and expressed his hope that the US will coordinate with ASEAN. efforts to narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region, especially to bring remote areas like the Mekong into the common development flow of countries and the whole region.
Following a working lunch with US Congressmen, in the afternoon of the same day, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and leaders of ASEAN countries received and worked with representatives of large US enterprises.
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