Embassies of member countries in the ASEAN Committee in Rome (ACR) celebrated the ASEAN Family Day on September 7th.
Ambassadors of ASEAN countries in Italy in a
group photo (Photo: VNA)
The annual event aims to strengthen ties
between families of ASEAN countries’ representatives in Italy.
Philippine Ambassador Domingo P. Nilasco, who
is also ACR Chairman, said the event is also meant to consolidate their
friendship and solidarity.
2019 is the year to honour ASEAN’s cultural
diversity, the diplomat said, adding the organisation of cultural exchange
activities will contribute to building a strong ASEAN Community.
Close to 150 guests were present at the event
to taste unique food of ASEAN member states and join various team games.
Founded in 1967, the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups 10 member countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
Vietnam backs the Republic of Korea to foster a comprehensive defence partnership with ASEAN, Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyen Chi Vinh told the ASEAN-RoK vice defence ministerial meeting in Seoul on September 4.
China is engaged in a long-term and consistent campaign of coercing Southeast Asian countries to abandon their legitimate rights in the East Sea, according to an American scholar.
China on September 1 announced that it had filed a case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States following its implementation of the additional 15-percent tariffs imposed on US$300 billion worth of Chinese imports on September 1.
A Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong, joined the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), which opened in Yokohama, Japan on August 28.
ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao met with Maldives President Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Speaker of the Parliament Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, Finance Minister and ADB Governor Mr. Ibrahim Ameer, and other senior officials on August 26th 2019 during a 2-day visit in which he committed to strong ADB assistance to the country.
Iranian Foreign Minister M. Zarif has just concluded his visits to four countries including Finland, Sweden, Norway and France to promote diplomatic efforts to reduce the negative impact of US sanctions. Iran wanted to seek European support to remove the current economic difficulties, as well as reduce pressure from the US, amid France's plan to ease escalating tensions in the Gulf.