ASEAN to consider EU’s request to join East Asia Summit
Vietnam will work with other ASEAN member States to consider the European Union’s request to officially become a member of the East Asia Summit, according to Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.
East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of 16 countries, including ten ASEAN member States, Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand.
It was expanded to 18 countries, including the United States and Russia in 2011.
Further expansion of the forum will be decided on the basis of ASEAN consensus.
Hang said the relations between ASEAN and the EU have positively advanced in all areas and Vietnam highly values the EU’s commitment to further enhance cooperation with ASEAN in general and with Vietnam in particular.
Vietnam also expects the EU would continue making more positive contributions to the ASEAN-led mechanisms, thus contributing to cooperation and development and maintain peace, security and stability in the region.