22nd ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday AFTERNOON chaired the 22nd ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit and the 24th ASEAN-China Summit held virtually via video conferences from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman. At the 22nd ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit, His Majesty as the ASEAN Chairman for 2021 highlights the need to continue to be forward-looking and build a resilient and future-ready society, by enhancing the capacity of the youth to help enhance food security using modern farming technologies to further contribute to efforts towards achieving sustainable growth and development in the region, as well as enable them to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In the titah, His Majesty says the Republic of Korea remains one of ASEAN's most substantive and important strategic partners, and expressed pleasure that the ASEAN-Republic of Korea relations have seen much progress and achievements over the years. His Majesty appreciates the personal efforts of His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea to strengthen ASEAN-Republic of Korea cooperation, including through the New Southern Policy Plus. Furthermore, the Republic of Korea's continued support for ASEAN COVID-19 recovery efforts initiatives is deeply valued, including its contribution of an additional five million U.S. dollars to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.

Meanwhile, His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea in his statement applauded the One ASEAN, One Response approach towards combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing ASEAN's solidarity and partnership. As ASEAN's friend, the R.O.K. strives to shape an inclusive future and elevate the ASEAN-Republic of Korea partnership to new levels.

His Excellency Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, then delivered the ASEAN Common Statement as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Republic of Korea Dialogue Relations, which welcomed the Republic of Korea's New Southern Policy Plus in bolstering cooperation with the region, leading to positive developments in all areas despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Radio Television Brunei