Press Statement by the Chairman of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat

1. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was convened on 16-17 January 2020 in Nha Trang. The Retreat is the first gathering of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers in 2020 under the theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”.

2. We had in-depth discussions on ASEAN’s priorities for the year 2020 and the way forward for the ASEAN Community building, strengthening of ASEAN’s external relations and reinforcement of ASEAN-centered regional architecture. We also exchanged views on regional and international developments as well as how ASEAN can effectively respond to challenges and opportunities arising from the regional and international dynamics while being able to maintain unity, cohesiveness and centrality in the interest of peace, security, stability, prosperity and sustainability in the region and beyond. In this regard, we also reaffirmed ASEAN’s strong commitment to open regionalism and multilateralism.

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