Cambodia says ASEAN FMs to discuss COVID-19 via video conference

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Foreign Ministers (FMs) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will hold a meeting via video conference today to discuss collective response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19, said a Cambodian Foreign Ministry statement yesterday.

The ASEAN Coordinating Council meeting on COVID-19 via video conference was initiated by Vietnam, the current chair of ASEAN, the statement said, adding that Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will take part in the meeting from Phnom Penh.

“During the meeting, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will discuss and exchange views on ASEAN collective response to the rapid outbreak of the COVID-19 as well as the preparation for the Special ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN Plus Three Special Summit on COVID-19 in the near future,” it said.

“This meeting will mark a step forward to the collective actions of ASEAN in response to the global health crisis threatened by COVID-19, as well as strengthen ASEAN’s resilience,” it added.

Cambodia has so far recorded a total of 117 confirmed cases of the COVID-19, with 63 patients cured, according to a Ministry of Health statement yesterday.