ASEAN and U.S. Leaders Committed for Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Cooperation in Summit in Phnom Penh
AKP Phnom Penh, May 14, 2022--
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, together with other ASEAN Leaders and U.S. President H.E. Joe Biden at the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit in Washington D.C. expressed their commitment for the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Cooperation, according to their Joint Vision Statement adopted at the Summit held on May 12-13.
In the summit, the Leaders shared commitment to maintaining and promoting peace, security and stability in the region, as well as to the peaceful resolution of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force, in accordance with international law.
“As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations in 2022, we commit to establish an ASEAN-U.S. Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that is meaningful, substantive, and mutually beneficial at the 10th ASEAN-U.S. Summit in November 2022. We look forward to the early completion of the necessary process,” read the Joint Vision Statement.
On fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, building better health security, and recovering together, the Leaders support ASEAN’s pandemic recovery and health security efforts by strengthening regional and national health systems and capabilities, such as through the ASEAN-U.S. Health Futures initiative, and commit to adequate, stronger and sustainable global financing for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response, including supporting ongoing efforts with the World Bank and the World Health Organisation.
In welcoming support extended by ASEAN Dialogue Partners through various initiatives, including the Quad Vaccine Partnership, they remain committed to facilitating equitable access to safe, affordable and quality medicine and health services. They are also committed to expanding local and regional sustainable manufacturing capacity of essential medical products, including through transfer of knowledge on voluntary and mutually agreed terms and provision of technical assistance. They are committed to investing in and strengthening health systems through Universal Health Coverage, in particular primary health care and access to essential health services, and expanding and training the health workforce as strong foundations for regional and global health and health security.
The ASEAN and U.S. Leaders are committed to continuing to advance stronger, more equitable, more inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, including through the implementation of the ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement and Expanded Economic Engagement Initiatives Workplan, and through the vital economic participation of the U.S. in the region.
The Leaders are committed to working to meet the region’s infrastructure needs by catalysing investment in high-standard, transparent, low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects that advance inclusive and sustainable economic growth that meet applicable international labor standards and environmental protections.
The ASEAN and U.S. Leaders are committed to continuing to cooperate to promote trade and investment and facilitating resilient global supply chains and seamless regional connectivity, including for essential goods such as medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, food and agricultural products, commodities, high-tech products, and other essential supplies and services, contributing to sustainable economic recovery and resilience in the region.
“We seek to deepen our collaboration on transport connectivity, including air, land, maritime, and transport facilitation programme to advance sustainable infrastructure development and support emerging technologies, including electric vehicles,” they underlined.
They all remain committed to and invested in prosperity and development in ASEAN and the United States. They will actively partner in the discussions to strengthen regional and global governance systems, and they look forward to further strengthening cooperation including through relevant initiatives or frameworks of the United States or ASEAN.
(Photo: An Khuon SamAun)
By Heng Panha