FILE PHOTO: Delegates shake hands as they pose for a photo at the ASEAN-Japan Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. Image: Reuters

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di -Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will be joining other ASEAN leaders for the inaugural ASEAN Special Summit on COVID-19 through a video conference tomorrow.

The leaders will also be holding a video conference for the ASEAN Plus Three Special Summit with the heads of government of China, Japan and South Korea.

These summits aim to discuss measures to increase preparedness and coordination efforts among ASEAN governments to contain and stop the spread of the COVID-19 within the region. 

Moreover, the Special Summits will be chaired by Prime Minister of Vietnam His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as the Chair of ASEAN this year.

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In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the summits will also further strengthen the coordination works in preparing a standardised respond in handling the disease. 

“The leaders are expected to share efforts and initiatives in tackling the socio-economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19,” the statement read.

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

Exchanges, coordination and support between ASEAN together with China, Japan and South Korea play an important factor in banishing and stopping the spread of COVID-19 that have claimed more than 100,000 lives around the world. – Analisa Amu

The Bruneian

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