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ASEAN expects commitment to regional stability in upcoming ministerial meetings: Retno

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 4, 2020   /   07:09 pm
ASEAN expects commitment to regional stability in upcoming ministerial meetings: Retno Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi attends the Joint Commission Meeting with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters virtually on July 29. (Twitter/@Menlu_RI)

ASEAN expects members to commit to regional political and economic stability during a series of ministerial meetings next week, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Friday.

Retno said at least 19 virtual meetings, including the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and the Post Ministerial Conferences (PMCs), would take place from Sept. 9 to 12, under the chairmanship of Vietnam led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

“In this series of ASEAN meetings, several outcome documents are planned to be adopted, including the joint communiqué of the AMM to emphasize the commitment of the foreign ministers to maintain regional political and economic stability,” Retno said in a virtual ministry press briefing on Friday.

“The ratification of the Plan of Action between ASEAN and dialogue partners, as well as several other outcome documents, are still to be negotiated,” she added.

Retno further said that on the sidelines of the meeting, ASEAN foreign ministers would also attend several other meetings, including the Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Role for Sustainable Peace and Security, the AMM Interface with AICHR Representatives and the ASEAN Coordinating Council Special Meeting on Sub-Regional Cooperation.

The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting is an important forum for the ten-nation bloc, underpinned by the issuance of the joint communiqué, a policy document that lays out the collective regional stance on various issues of common concern.