ASEAN opens its 36th Summit with a major focus on COVID-19 response, post pandemic recovery

With a major focus on the COVID-19 epidemic response, post-pandemic recovery and further cooperation with partners, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), via video conference, on Friday, June 26, opened its 36th summit with theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”, chaired by Vietnam.

During his address to the opening ceremony of the summit held in Hanoi on Friday morning, June 26, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that he expected the 36th ASEAN Summit to be an opportunity to “once again affirm the strong solidarity, political will, and determination of ASEAN member countries to overcome difficulties, to determinedly head forward.”

Calling for continued and concerted efforts to complete the bloc’s cooperation and integration goals in 2020, Phuc said that the ASEAN needs to make efforts to control the Coronavirus pandemic and overcome its consequences while recovering and keeping on economic development.

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