ASEAN Summit begins with a call for regional and global unity

ASEAN Summit begins with a call for regional and global unity
ASEAN Summit begins with a call for regional and global unity

ASEAN Summit begins with a call for regional and global unity

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday opened the activities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit with a call for unity in the region and the world.

Hun Sen, chairman of the annual conference, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony yesterday morning, welcoming the association and its diplomatic efforts to ensure peace.

He said ASEAN is “a community central to the evolving regional fabric that builds external partnerships based on mutual trust and respect for peace, security and sustainable growth at the regional and global levels.”

Cambodia’s prime minister warned his Southeast Asian leaders against inaction, saying while economies are gradually recovering as the COVID-19 pandemic abates, there is still work to be done.

Hun Sen said the region is “going through its most uncertain time right now” as it seeks to promote “peace, security and sustainable growth.”

The summit will take place in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh from November 10-13 and authorities have closed all roads leading to the building to pedestrians and street vendors who normally crowd the quays.

Cambodian authorities deployed 10,000 security forces to secure the summit, including police teams and armored vehicles.

The leaders of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met at a hotel in the Cambodian capital for a group photo, where the head of the Military Council of Myanmar was not present. Min Aung Hlaing was not invited to the top for the second year in a row.

The group banned Myanmar’s leaders from attending its high-level events, such as the ongoing Phnom Penh summit, to pressure them to stick to ASEAN’s five-point peace plan.

وقال الرئيس الإندونيسي جوكو ويدودو، الذي تتولى بلاده الرئاسة الدورية لرابطة دول جنوب شرق آسيا بعد كمبوديا، للصحافيين على هامش القمة إنه اقترح توسيع نطاق الحظر المفروض على الممثلين السياسيين في ميانمار إلى ما بعد القمة واجتماع وزراء الخارجية ليشمل أحداثاً أخرى – وهو أمر طالبت به جماعات human rights. He said, “Indonesia is very disappointed that the situation in Myanmar is deteriorating… We should not let the situation in Myanmar define ASEAN.”

The ASEAN plan calls for an immediate cessation of violence, dialogue between all parties, mediation by an ASEAN special envoy, delivery of humanitarian assistance, and the special envoy’s visit to Myanmar to meet with all parties.

The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations reached a tentative agreement on East Timor’s entry into the regional organization, they announced at their annual summit in Phnom Penh.

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