South Korea Proposes Cooperation Initiative at the 22nd ASEAN Summit

South Korea Proposes Cooperation Initiative at the 22nd ASEAN Summit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended the ASEAN high-level meeting (KTT) with a number of countries from Tuesday (26/10) to Wednesday (27/10). In the 22nd ASEAN meeting with South Korea (South Korea), South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed cooperation initiatives in several fields with ASEAN.

Ummatimes - "In terms of health, South Korea proposes the ASEAN-South Korea initiative for Public Health and Vaccines," said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in a press briefing after accompanying Jokowi virtually, Wednesday.

Moon said the initiative is expected to be a catalyst for strengthening regional health cooperation. Meanwhile, on economic issues, South Korea sees the importance of facilitating safe interactions between communities through the travel bubble and mutual recognition of vaccine certificates between the two parties.

"South Korea also invites ASEAN to work together to prepare for the Industrial Revolution 4.0," said Retno. In addition, in the field of defense and security, President Moon in his speech underlined the issue of working together to overcome cyber threats, natural disasters, and climate change.

South Korea also supports ASEAN's efforts to restore stability and democracy in Myanmar and to peacefully resolve issues in the South China Sea based on the principles of international law. Retno summarized that the ASEAN-South Korea Summit produced five outcome documents. Among other things, Progress Report on the Implementation of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and Partnership (2021-2025), Progress Report on the Implementation of the ASEAN-Korea FTA (AKFTA) , and Progress Report on ASEAN-Korea Economic Cooperation Projects.

The ASEAN-South Korea summit was attended virtually by nine ASEAN leaders and President Moon. The ASEAN and South Korea partnership was first formed in November 1989. Since 2010, the partnership between the two has become a strategic partnership.