At the dialogue, the RoK side affirmed the importance it attaches to relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Also, it supports ASEAN’s centrality and pledges to coordinate with the bloc in implementing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific region through practical cooperation programs and activities.

The Vietnamese delegation (left) takes part in the event.

The RoK highly valued ASEAN’s contributions to regional peace, cooperation, and prosperity over the past years.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Vu Ho emphasized that the RoK is a strategic partner of ASEAN and the country has made significant contributions to the building of the ASEAN Community across three pillars. He suggested the two sides increase cooperation activities towards the people, especially in response and recovery efforts, and work to ensure inclusive growth, and harmonious and sustainable development.

The two sides highlighted multilateral trade and economic links, and pledged to effectively implement the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), contributing to a comprehensive recovery.

ASEAN countries appreciated the RoK’s commitment to cooperation in responding to emerging non-traditional security challenges such as terrorism, transnational crime, and cyber and maritime security.

Regarding the regional and international situation, ASEAN and the RoK consented to make efforts to contribute to ensuring peace, security and stability in both Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, thereby contributing to building an Asia-Indo-Pacific environment favorable for development.

The RoK spoke highly of ASEAN's stance on issues related to the Korean Peninsula and pledged to maintain meetings and dialogues between the RoK and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to peacefully achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

The RoK also voiced its support for ASEAN's principled viewpoint on the East Sea (internationally South China Sea), including efforts to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and build an effective and efficient Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea in line with international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982. The country also heightened ASEAN's role in promoting dialogue and reconciliation in and assist Myanmar in seeking solutions to stabilize the situation.

Translated by Song Anh