9th EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting opens in Bangkok

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh joined foreign ministers of ASEAN member states and the bloc's eight dialogue partners at the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok on Friday.

The eight dialogue partners of ASEAN are Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the US. In his opening remarks, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said in the role of the ASEAN Chair in 2019, Thailand believes the EAS could play an important role in promoting the agenda for sustainable development. Regional security and stability are key to economic growth and sustainable development in the area. To this end, Don Pramudwinai hoped for constructive discussions among the ministers so as to move ahead.

Participants will also discuss preparation for the 14th EAS which will take place in the framework of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in November. The 26th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is scheduled to take place the same day.

Source: VOV5