Speaking at the event, Ambassador Vu Ho affirmed Vietnam’s support for and readiness to realize the cooperation priorities for 2023 set by Chair Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Representatives of countries at the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 6 (Photo: baoquocte.vn)

He proposed that ASEAN maintain an objective and balanced approach as well as strategic self-reliance to harmoniously and effectively deal with issues in its relations with partners, along with complex international and regional issues that may affect the association’s cooperation process and common development as well as regional peace, security, and stability.

The Vietnamese ambassador also called on ASEAN to build a practical and appropriate road-map to assist Timor-Leste to thoroughly prepare for its admission into the  association, adding that Vietnam is ready to work with other countries to help Timor-Leste improve the capacity of fulfilling the duties of an ASEAN member.

Translated by Chung Anh