The event was co-chaired by the Head of the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Vietnam, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, Chairman of the ASEAN Coordinating Council Working Group (ACCWG), and the US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell.

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung

At the event, participants shared latest information on COVID-19, and measures to control the pandemic, while confirming their commitment to further strengthening cooperation in fighting the disease.

They agreed to actively share information and experience, provide technical assistance to each other, and exchange scientific research in controlling and preventing infection and treating COVID-19 cases. They also agreed to maintain close coordination among their relevant agencies at all levels in the coming time.

Both sides also confirmed that they will take measures to minimize socio-economic impacts caused by the pandemic, maintain open markets, sustain trade, stabilize the exchange of services and investment, and ensure the supply of essential goods, especially medical supplies.

Translated by Chung Anh