HANOI, Vietnam Vietnam's Foreign Affairs Ministry held a flag raising ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday to mark the 51st anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said 51 years ago on Aug 8, 1967, ASEAN leaders laid a foundation for the establishment of a peaceful and prosperous community of Southeast Asian nations.
It is the ASEAN Community of solidarity, self-reliance, mutual assistance and sharing, of the people and for the people, he added.
Each member of the ASEAN Community, which was established three years ago, is sparing no effort to realise its vision to 2025, to ensure peace, security and self-reliance with a dynamic, competitive and highly integrated economy, and build a community based on a strong sense of cohesion and common identity.
ASEAN member states could be proud of the community's initial positive outcomes, which is the establishment of a community of peace and stability with a dynamic economy and strong population of over 630 million people, which pays due attention to social responsibilities and benefits of people.
The central role, solidarity, voice and influence of the community have become stronger with the expansion of multi-faceted relations with power countries, regional and global partners, to realise the common goal of peace, stability and equal and sustainable development.
Minh said Vietnam considers ASEAN a priority in its foreign policy and the country's 23 year membership in the bloc is closely associated with important milestones in its regional and international integration process.
''Vietnam will continue to work with other member nations to implement the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in the spirit of solidarity, dynamism, and creativity and with the extensive involvement and active contributions of people from all social strata,'' he added.
The annual flag raising ceremony on the occasion of ASEAN establishment anniversary aims to promote solidarity, friendship, and cooperation in ASEAN for the sake of regional peace and prosperity.
ASEAN groups 10 member countries namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Source: NAM News Network