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ASEAN ministers try to forge united front against Covid-19

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn called on ASEAN to help alleviate the plight of the poor, including Cambodians, who have been severely impacted economically by Covid-19.

โ€œWhile ASEAN is grappling with Covid-19 and its severe impacts which hit people hardest who live on societyโ€™s margins, collective efforts are needed to mitigate their difficulties and maintain progress in poverty reduction and prevent backsliding,โ€ Sokhonn was quoted as saying on August 3.

Sokhonn made these remarks while attending the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministersโ€™ Meeting on August 2 via video conference.

He called on ASEAN to ensure sustainable economic recovery and growth for the region, including through the creation of the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

He said they must also ensure that ASEANโ€™s engagement with external partners is supportive of the policy of ASEAN centrality and in line with ASEANโ€™s principles, including those defined under ASEANโ€™s outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

The ministryโ€™s press release said the ministers discussed ways to strengthen the implementation of various regional initiativesโ€”including the Covid-19 ASEAN Response Fund, the establishment of the ACPHEED, the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement, and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework โ€” with a view to overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic and addressing the socio-economic impacts caused by the ongoing crisis.

Full article: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/asean-ministers-try-forge-united-front-against-covid-19

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