As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southeast Asian Foreign Ministers have recommended the setting up of a COVID-19 ASEAN response fund, sharing of information and strategies and ways to ease the impact of the global health crisis on people and the economy.
The diplomats of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations held a meeting in this regard via video conferencing on April 9 under the leadership of Vietnam. It was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila on April 10.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said that the Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea amid the contagion.
The Southeast Asian Foreign Ministers have also called for a video summit of their leaders with counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea.