(KPL) Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and other ASEAN leaders attended the opening ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on Jun 23.

In his opening remarks, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand, which holds the ASEAN Chair in 2019, reviewed the formation and development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), noting that during this process, the bloc has proved itself as an important factor helping its members to swiftly recover from and overcome many challenges like financial crises and natural disasters.

The ASEAN is now a peaceful region with mutual respect, he said, noting that a strong and united ASEAN is the main factor to ensure stability and development of the region.

With the ASEAN Chairmanship 2019’s theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”, the grouping looks towards the dream of building a community that is sustainable in all the three pillars, oriented towards the people, centres on the people and leaves no one behind.

It also aims to maintain peace, stability and look towards the future; capitalise on opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to promote the digital economy and green growth; enhance relations with partners to develop sustainably and gain a higher global stature for ASEAN; and step up connectivity in all fields towards a seamless ASEAN, the Thai PM said.

The host leader added Thailand will continue inheriting the works of the previous ASEAN Chair holding countries while promoting concrete initiatives, including those to strengthen security, foster prosperity and increase people-to-people exchange.

On the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The three premiers noted that Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have obtained solid socio-economic achievements, the living standards of their people have continually been improved, and all of them are making efforts to reform and integrate into the world, according to VNA.

They noted with satisfaction that the close-knit friendship and solidarity among the three countries have been growing more and more strongly, contributing to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

The three leaders agreed to enhance cooperation within the framework of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle Area and the Mekong sub-region and soon build a blueprint for connecting the three economies.

They also agreed to strengthen cooperative ties to maintain border security and promote trade, investment and border connectivity, while affirming the resolve to build the shared border into areas of peace, friendship and development.

PMs Thongloun Sisoulith and Hun Sen congratulated Vietnam on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 with a very high number of votes. They also promised to support Vietnam when the country holds the ASEAN Chair in 2020.