12th ASEM Summit concludes
Updated : Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:42 PM (GMT+0700)

The12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit concluded in Brussels,Belgium on October 19 with the release of a Presidential Statement affirmingdetermination of ASEM members in strengthening partnership between the twocontinents in coping with global challenges and sketching out orientations toenhance intra-bloc cooperation in the future.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front, centre) and other leaders pose for
a photo at the 12th ASEM Summit in Brussels on October 19 - Photo: VNA

Prior to the closing, leadersof ASEM member countries had a discussion on regional and international issues,focusing on matters related to peace, security, anti-terrorism, non- proliferationof mass destruction weapons and maritime security.

They also discussed thecomplicated situation in the Middle East – Northern Africa, the KoreanPeninsula, Iran, and the migration crisis. Many countries showed their concernabout developments affecting security environment in Asia, including the EastSea and East China Sea.

Participants affirmed theircommitment to maintaining peace, stability, maritime and overflight security,safety and freedom on the basis of full implementation of international law, aswell as peacefully settling disputes in line with international law, especiallythe UN Charter and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982,refraining from using or threatening to use force, not conducting unilateralactions against international law, and implementing measures to build trust andensure self-restraint.

Addressing the session,Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that peace, cooperation anddevelopment is the main trend of the era, but the international community isalso witnessing strong changes and unprecedented challenges.

He proposed strengtheningtrade to maintain the recovery and ensure bright prospects of the globaleconomy.

Vietnam supports efforts bythe international community in line with the UN Charter and international lawto seek peaceful and sustainable solutions to conflicts and disputes in theMiddle East, Africa and Asia, he said.

The Vietnamese PM made clearthat Vietnam and ASEAN members are working closely with the internationalcommunity, including ASEM member countries, to maintain peace, stability,maritime and overflight security, safety and freedom, thus ensuring thatfreedom of trade is not hindered in the East Sea which is a big internationalsea route connecting trade between Asia and Europe as well as the whole world.

He underlined the need topersistently promote joint efforts, strengthen measures to build trust andpreventive diplomacy, deal with disputed in a peaceful manner in conformitywith international law including the UNCLOS, respect diplomatic and legalprocesses, and restrain from actions complicating the situation.

He also recognised initialprogress in negotiation for a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC),highlighting Vietnam's proposal that all parties should continue practicalnegotiation to soon reach the document.

The success of the 12thASEM Summit created new motivation for the close and dynamic partnershipbetween Asia and Europe, thus continuing to affirming the significant role ofASEM in the shaping architecture.


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