Vietnam celebrates ASEM Day

Thursday, 2018-03-01 18:32:45
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NDO – March 1 marks the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Day, and as a founding member of the forum, Vietnam is proud to celebrate such an important anniversary.

In March 1996, 26 leaders of ASEM member countries founded the ASEM forum as a bridge to bring the two continents closer together. Throughout more than two decades, ASEM has developed beyond initial expectations, to become a platform connecting Asian and European nations, civilisations, people, and businesses, contributing to promoting the trend of cooperation and multi-layered connectivity for peace and development.

Entering its third decade, in the context of rapid and complicated developments at a regional and global level, ASEM is currently in a critical moment of transition. It is necessary to facilitate partnerships in a stronger and more robust fashion between Asia and Europe, in order to effectively tackle the existing challenges, whilst maintaining ASEM’s core values and principles of equal partnership, mutual respect, and mutual benefit.

Vietnam always attaches importance and gives top priority to contributing to the joint efforts to elevate ASEM cooperation and promote Asia-Europe connectivity via the ASEAN Community, partnerships, and current cooperative mechanisms, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

With the implementation of extensive international integration and proactive multilateral diplomacy, Vietnam pledges to continue working with member countries to build a vision for a responsible and adaptable ASEM in the current context.