Vietnam’s leadership in regional response to COVID-19 praised

Vietnam has demonstrated its strong leadership in spearheading a collective regional response to COVID-19, ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi has said.



In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency’s reporter in Jakarta, following the online Special ASEAN and ASEAN+3 Summits on the COVID-19 response chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 14,  ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi said the summits were a concrete demonstration of ASEAN’s solidarity and leadership manifested in concrete regional cooperation with its Plus Three neighbours, especially in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Secretary-General, the summits were also an opportunity for ASEAN to enhance cooperative relationships between ASEAN Plus Three counterparts, together to respond COVID-19.

Answering Vietnam News Agency correspondent’s questions about the Summits’ outcomes, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN Lim Sungnam said the most important outcome of the Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit on COVID-19 is the solidarity and sense of cooperation shown by all ASEAN leaders, the Korean President and Chinese Premier and Japanese Prime Minister in the joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also said Vietnam has shown the cohesive and responsive leadership by organising the special summit on COVID-19 for the ASEAN Plus Three in a very timely manner./.