ASEAN Special Summit today to discuss COVID-19

ASEAN leaders will hold a special summit to discuss the pandemic through a video conference for the first time amid the increasing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will join other ASEAN leaders for the ASEAN Special Summit on COVID-19 today.

According to a press statement, the ASEAN leaders will also hold a video conference for the ASEAN Plus Three Special Summit with the Heads of Government of the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea on the COVID-19 pandemic.

These special summits will be chaired by the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as the Chair of ASEAN this year. They aim to discuss measures to increase preparedness and coordination efforts among ASEAN governments to contain and stop the spread of the COVID-19.

These special summits will also further strengthen the coordination works in preparing a standardised response in handling the disease.

ASEAN leaders are expected to share efforts and initiatives in tackling the socio-economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19.

The move for the ASEAN Special Summit and the ASEAN Plus Three Special Summit proves that the long standing and close cooperation between the ASEAN member states and dialogue partners is significant in tackling the global issue faced by the world today.

Exchanges, coordination and support between ASEAN, the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea play an important factor in stopping the spread of COVID-19 that has claimed more than 100,000 lives around the world.