Vietnamese PM arrives in Indonesia for Asean Leader's meet; govt confirms 10 Covid-19 cases on Friday (April 23)


In this photo released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, right, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, left, talk through a plexiglass barrier installed as an attempt to help curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak, during their meeting at Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Friday, April 23, 2021. Pham met Joko on the sideline of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations special summit to discuss Myanmar which will be held on Saturday. - AP

JAKARTA, April 23 (Bernama): Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the high-ranking delegation of Vietnam arrived at Jakarta capital of Indonesia at Friday’s midday to attend the Asean Leaders’ Meeting at the invitation of the Chair of Asean in 2021, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei.

Those welcoming the delegation at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta included representatives of the Indonesia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnamese ambassador to Indonesia, the ambassador and permanent representative of Vietnam to Asean, staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia.

The Asean Leaders’ Meeting takes place amid the political instability in Myanmar since Feb 1 and complex developments of the Covid-19 pandemic in regional countries. Meanwhile, Vietnam successfully served as Chair of the bloc in 2020 and is currently a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and President of the council for April.

At this meeting, Chinh and other Asean leaders will discuss the Myanmar situation, the AseanCommunity building process, the response to Covid-19, and the bloc’s external relations.

The trip by the Vietnamese PM continues to affirm the country’s priority given to the enhancement of solidarity and mutual support among Asean members, thus helping to promote the grouping’s centrality and stature in resolving emerging challenges and create a peaceful and favourable environment for sustainable development of each country, as well as the region as a whole.

Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19 infection on Thursday night (April 22), raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,816, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new cases included eight Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival, said the ministry.

As many as 2,490 patients have been given the all-clear as of Thursday, the ministry said, adding that nearly 39,200 people are being quarantined and monitored. - Bernama
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