Permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong at the event (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A Vietnamese delegation led by Politburo member and
permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong
attended a round-table conference of Russia – ASEAN political parties on June 29 via a videoconference.
Initiated by the
United Russia Party, the event took the theme “The Role
of Russia and ASEAN’s Responsible Political Forces in Strengthening the
Architecture of Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific”.
Speaking at the event, Thuong said the
Asia-Pacific lies in a location of geographically strategic importance. Though
peace, cooperation and development remain a major trend, the region is facing
traditional and non-traditional security challenges.
To cope with them,
countries need to enhance collaboration on the basis of placing peace,
stability and development in the region as the highest principle and goal,
settling differences by peaceful means, preventing conflicts and ensuring that
each country’s interests must be suitable with the common interests of the
community, he said.
He highlighted a need
to foster understanding and build trust via dialogue and consultation. On
issues of concern in the region and the world such as the East Sea, he called
for upholding the principles of abiding by international law and the United
Nations Charter, strengthening trust and exercising self-restraint, preventing
actions that could complicate the situation, refraining from the use of force
and threat to use force, and settling disputes by peaceful means.
The shaping and
building of regional architectures need the involvement and joint actions of
parties concerned, including upholding ASEAN’s central role, especially via
mechanisms initiated and led by ASEAN, he said.
Thuong shared Vietnam’s
consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation
and development, multilateralisation and diversification of international
relations; treasuring traditional friendship with neighbour countries,
strategic, comprehensive and other important partners; actively and proactively
make responsible contributions at multilateral mechanisms; contributing to stepping
up the process of dialogue, cooperation and building trust initiated and led by
The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) highly values
ties with the United Russia Party, he stated.
Leaders of parties
underscored a need to reinforce Asia-Pacific security architecture and
cooperation based on principles of abiding by international law, respecting
each other, not interfering into internal affairs and settling disputes
by peaceful means.
They expressed appreciation
for Russia – ASEAN ties, and vowed to enhance coordination in enviroment
protection, sustainable development, dealing with non-traditional security
challenges, ensuring fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
They also underlined a
need to foster international inter-party collboration to further deepen
political and socio-economic ties between Russia and ASEAN, and supported
common efforts to overcome global challenges and deal with regional issues./.