Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn called on the US to contribute to ASEAN’s efforts to end the Covid-19 pandemic, believing the ASEAN-US strategic partnership would “significantly” benefit the ASEAN community, including Cambodia.
Sokhonn made the remarks at the special ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held virtually on July 14.
Sokhonn was quoted as saying in the ministry’s press release that vaccine multilateralism and equal access to affordable and efficient vaccines was of vital importance.
“[Sokhonn] expressed confidence that the enhanced ASEAN-US partnership will significantly benefit ASEAN community building efforts,” the press release said.
Asian Vision Institute president Chheang Vannarith told The Post on July 14 that Covid-19 fight and post-pandemic socio-economic recovery are the key agenda items within ASEAN currently.
Adding more dialogue partners – including the US – will be crucial for implementing a comprehensive regional recovery plan, Vannarith said.
“Cambodia has been consistently and persistently urging international solidarity and the promotion of multilateralism in dealing with the pandemic,” he said.