US Assistant Secretary of State David R. Stilwell delivers a speech at the teleconference. VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — ASEAN and the US agreed to strengthen capacity to cope with new waves of COVID-19 infection and minimise the pandemic’s impacts at the virtual 33rd ASEAN-US Dialogue on Wednesday. Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyễn Quốc Dũng attended the meeting. US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell said the US has so far offered about US$87 million in assistance to ASEAN countries to combat COVID-19, pledging the US’s commitment to helping ASEAN improve disease prevention and response capacity including the implementation of the ASEAN-US Health Futures Initiative and human resource training. Representatives of ASEAN countries welcomed the US’s timely financial support in containing the virus and hoped the US would continue to support and contribute to ASEAN’s initiatives on the COVID-19 response fund and regional reserve of emergency medical supplies. Stilwell, the US diplomat, said the US always attaches importance to relations with ASEAN and supports ASEAN in playing a central role in the regional structure. The US highly appreciates Việt Nam, as ASEAN Chair, in co-ordinating and guiding ASEAN to overcome difficulties… Read full this story
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