The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) convened a video conference on Friday, 20 March 2020 to discuss the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The video conference was co-chaired by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport Dr Lam Pin Min, and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell and European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič. Singapore is the current coordinator of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Partnership. Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi and other ASEAN Member States officials also participated in the video conference.
“International cooperation and coordination is essential if we are to tackle this pandemic effectively,” said High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. “Today’s discussions are just the beginning; we must all work together to mitigate the social and economic impact on our regions, keep supply chains open and advance relevant scientific research.”
Download the full statement here.