A statement to this effect was issued Friday by Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after discussion among member nations. Leaders of the bloc expressed concern over the complicated development of Covid-19, a respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, read the statement. They were also worried about the serious impact the epidemic has had and could have on the daily lives of the people and the development of each nation. As such, the bloc pledged to give high priority to fighting the Covid-19, making joint efforts to keep it under control, stop it from spreading and respond timely to infections. “ASEAN nations agree to maintain the policy of opening doors to each other and collaborating in health checks at border gates of member countries,” the statement said. The bloc will also strengthen medical cooperation with China, Japan, and South Korea at national and regional levels, as well as collaborate with the World Health Organization, and other international partners and organizations to prevent and control the epidemic, it added. The association called on its diplomatic agencies across the world to support ASEAN citizens when needed. As the chair of the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC), Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh… Read full this story
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