EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting agrees to reinforce marine cooperation
Updated : Sunday, August 05, 2018 10:14 AM (GMT+0700)

The8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which washeld in Singapore on August 4, agreed that maritime cooperation will be one ofthe focuses the EAS nations are going to promote in the time ahead.

Foreign ministers pose for a photo at the 8th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
on August 4 - Photo: AFP/VNA

The event saw the presenceof foreign ministers of 10 ASEAN nations, along with the US, India, Russia,Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea. Deputy PrimeMinister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh led the Vietnamese delegation tothe meeting.

The ministers agreed tostrengthen marine cooperation, including dealing with waste at sea.

They voiced concerns aboutthe recent militarisation activities and complex developments in the East Sea,and asked the involved parties to increase dialogue and cooperation on thebasis of respecting international law.

The ministers also affirmedsupport for peace, stability and denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula andwelcomed the positive outcomes of the Inter-Korean and US-Democratic People’sRepublic of Korea summits.

Singaporean Foreign MinisterVivian Balakishnan emphasised the EAS’s important role in promoting dialogue onstrategic political and economic issues, which has brought recognised benefitsto peace, stability and cooperation in the region.

The ministers highly valuedthe encouraging initial outcomes of and pledged to invest appropriate resourcesin the implementation of the EAS’s Manila Plan of Action 2018-2022.

They agreed to continuefostering partnerships in the prioritised fields of the Manila Plan of Action.They also put forth concrete cooperation proposals in such areas as sea-relatedissues, health care, education, environment, natural disaster response,innovation, energy and e-commerce.

To prepare for the 13thEAS slated for November, the ministers discussed and generally reachedconsensus on the documents to be submitted to the countries’ leaders. Thesedocuments are to enhance the EAS cooperation in developing smart cities,fighting terrorism, preventing plastic waste at sea, nuclear security, and ITsecurity.

Addressing the meeting,Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh called on the EAS to promote the effectiveness of itsactivities, especially the cooperation in nine prioritised fields of the ManilaPlan of Action 2018-2022. 

He also asked the countriesto consider bolstering marine cooperation, including combating piracy, armedrobbery and smuggling at sea, and ensure a sustainable marine environment foreconomic development and free passage through sea areas.


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