ASEAN, Russia, New Zealand ministers seek to boost cooperation

ASEAN, Russia, and New Zealand Foreign Ministers agreed to boost cooperation at the ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the ASEAN-New Zealand Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand.

ASEAN and Russia vowed to strengthen ties in anti-terrorism, energy security, cyber security, and increase trade and investment. ASEAN countries praised New Zealand's New Zealand's efforts in conducting the People Strategy and Prosperity Strategy to promote connection with the ASEAN. The two sides concurred to strengthen cooperation in some new areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure development, aviation connection, investment, digital economy, and agro-fisheries.

Addressing the events, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed that Vietnam will actively work with ASEAN members to expand and deepen all-round ties between the bloc and Russia and New Zealand.

He voiced concern on complicated developments in the East Sea, including unilateral actions that harm trust and peace.

The ministers shared Vietnam's concern and agreed on the significance to strictly abide by international law and not to make actions that raise tension and complicate the situation. They showed support to ASEAN's principles and role in maintaining peace, stability and security in the East Sea.

Source: VOV5