Vietnam chairs ASEM High-level Policy Dialogue

The High-level Policy Dialogue on "ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe Partnership in a Transforming World" was held both in person and via videoconference on June 22.

The event, chaired by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, saw the attendance of nearly 200 delegates from governmental agencies, businesses and social organisations, and scholars from 53 ASEM member countries along with representatives from international organisations.

In his remarks, Son lauded remarkable achievements and progress of the partnership over the past 25 years, and affirmed that Asia-Europe cooperation continues to be a priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy.

In such a rapidly changing and complex world, the Asia - Europe partnership and cooperation is more important than ever, he said, stressing that it is, in fact, indispensable to the world’s stability and prosperity.

He called on the member countries to demonstrate stronger resolve, take bolder actions, and choose an appropriate path to move forward so that ASEM would reap more successes.

Appreciating Vietnam’s initiative, the delegates said the dialogue has importantly contributed to maintaining cooperation pace, given ASEM’s activities disrupted by the pandemic./.