At the event, Minister Minh highlighted the Party and State’s sound decision in 1995 to join the regional organization, saying it has opened up new opportunities for the country’s diplomacy and significantly contributed to the national construction and defense cause.

The Vietnamese Deputy PM and Foreign Minister also affirmed that Vietnam will promote its role in ASEAN in order to contribute more to regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

At the seminar

Delegates at the event, including former leaders of the Party, the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared their views on how ASEAN has contributed to Vietnam’s development.

They said Vietnam has made remarkable contributions to the grouping, as reflected through its activities in the building of the ASEAN Community, expanding the bloc’s external relations and building common approaches to regional and international issues.

In his closing remarks, Minister Minh also emphasized the need for Vietnam to draw lessons from the past 25 years and identify suitable orientations for future activities.

Also on July 28, Deputy PM Minh chaired a ceremony to launch a book on Vietnam’s 25-year ASEAN membership by the National ASEAN 2020 Secretariat and the National Political Publishing House.

The book is a collection of 25 articles by former senior leaders of Vietnam, other ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretariat, and prestigious scholars.

Later the same day, Minh hosted a reception celebrating the 53rd founding anniversary of ASEAN and 25 years since Vietnam joined the bloc.

Translated by Song Anh