Your Excellency Nguyen Phu Trong, Party General Secretary, President of the
Socialist Republic of Viet Nam,
Your Majesty, Excellencies Leaders of ASEAN,
Your Excellency Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, President of AIPA-41,
Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
Allow me to warmly welcome the Leaders of ASEAN Member States and ASEAN partners to the Opening Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit and Related ASEAN Summits with its Dialogue Partners. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from meeting in person, we have still managed, through modern digital platforms, to sustain our dialogue and cooperation, thus narrowing the geographical distance among nations.