Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Prak Sokhonn called on the United States to contribute to ASEAN’s efforts to end the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that the ASEAN-United States strategic partnership would benefit “from significantly ”to the ASEAN community, including Cambodia.
Sokhonn made the remarks at the special meeting of ASEAN and U.S. foreign ministers, held virtually on July 14.
Sokhonn said in the ministry press release that vaccine multilateralism and equal access to affordable and effective vaccines were of vital importance.
“[Sokhonn] expressed confidence that the enhanced ASEAN-US partnership will greatly benefit ASEAN community-building efforts, ”the press release said.
Asian Vision Institute President Chheang Vannarith told The Post on July 14 that the fight against Covid-19 and post-pandemic socio-economic recovery are currently the main items on the agenda of the ‘ASEAN.
Adding more dialogue partners – including the United States – will be crucial for the implementation of a comprehensive regional stimulus package, Vannarith said.
“Cambodia has consistently and consistently called for international solidarity and the promotion of multilateralism in the fight against the pandemic,” he said.
Inclusive and equitable vaccination is essential to fight the pandemic in the countries of the South. This requires developed countries to do much more than they are currently doing in terms of vaccine production and distribution in this part of the world, Vannarith said.
Sokhonn also expressed his concerns on issues related to political security. He said the complexity of challenges arising from geopolitical competition is increasing – including technology and trade wars, issues of climate change and other threats.
He called on all parties involved in these conflicts to continue their efforts to promote and protect human rights and democracy, while stressing the need to recognize that there is no one size fits all when it comes to it is about forms of government.
Regarding the South China Sea issue which was also raised at the summit, Sokhonn called on all parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint to avoid further escalation of the situation and to seek a peaceful solution to the situation. their disputes respecting international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“Efforts must be aimed at accelerating the conclusion of a substantial and effective code of conduct in the South China Sea and the full implementation of agreed measures to maintain peace, stability and security in the region,” he said. -he declares.
Speaking about the current crisis in Myanmar, Sokhonn said Cambodia remains committed to the principle of non-inference while recognizing the undoubted need for peace, stability and prosperity in Myanmar for the stability of the region and the promotion of construction. from the ASEAN community.
He drew attention to the five-point consensus of ASEAN leaders reached on April 24 of this year and to the political will of ASEAN which is strongly in favor of a peaceful solution through dialogue.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ASEAN foreign ministers agreed to strengthen ASEAN-United States cooperation against the Covid-19 pandemic to mitigate its impacts, engender rapid socio-economic recovery and develop resilience in the face of future health-related crises.
“ASEAN welcomed the United States’ contribution to ASEAN Covid-19 initiatives, including the ASEAN Covid-19 Response Fund and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework,” did he declare.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who attended the summit, highlighted the role of the United States as the largest donor to the Covax Facility led by the World Health Organization and its support to the region in the fight against Covid-19.
He said the United States had contributed $ 112 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to ASEAN countries since the start of the pandemic, according to a press release from the US State Department.