Jakarta: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi called on East Asia Summit (EAS) partners to reaffirm their commitment towards respect for international law, renunciation of threat and use of force and peaceful settlement of dispute.
"EAS must serve as a positive force for peace and stability in the region," Minister Retno said during the 10th EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Thursday.
EAS consists of ASEAN member countries, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the United States (US).
The 10th EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held online on September 9 within the framework of the ongoing 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-53) and related meetings hosted by Viet Nam.
Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, the video conference was attended by ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN foreign ministers, and representatives from EAS partners.
Acknowledging progress in implementing the Manila Action Plan 2018-2022, the EAS countries agreed to continue boosting cooperation in priority areas, including environment, energy, education, finance, health, disaster management, connectivity, economics, trade, food security, and marine cooperation.
"Amid the covid-19 and its complicated developments, EAS countries need to enhance practical cooperation, raise their capacity to respond to and minimise negative impact of the pandemic while promoting sustainable regional recovery," the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Thursday.