Deputy foreign minister Nguyễn Quốc Dũng. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyễn Quốc Dũng said there is a possibility ASEAN events and highly anticipated summits could be held online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Việt Nam in the role of ASEAN chairman in 2020, Dũng told a press briefing in Hà Nội on Thursday they are not ruling out the possibility of hosting events in a teleconference format. He also informed the press of the postponement of the 36th ASEAN Summit and ASEAN-New Zealand Leaders’ Summit from April 8-9 to the end of June in the central city of Đà Nẵng. The ASEAN Special Summit and the ASEAN+3 Special Summit on COVID-19 Response will be held online on April 14 with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc chairing over the events as ASEAN Chair 2020, the diplomat announced. Việt Nam, as ASEAN 2020 Chair, has been proactively promoting joint efforts of the 10-member group in the fight against COVID-19 with the spirit of being “cohesive and responsive”, Dũng said. Deputy Foreign Minister Dũng said after consulting ASEAN leaders, Prime Minister Phúc issued the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on February 14, affirming the bloc’s strong determination and political… Read full this story
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