Welcoming Remarks by PM Phan Van Khai at opening ceremony of 6th ASEAN SUMMIT
20:26 | 19/06/2002
VGP - The following is the full remarks by H.E. Mr. Phan Van Khai, Prime Minister of Viet Nam at the opening ceremony of the 6th ASEAN Summit.

Your Majesty,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentle

It is indeed a great honour and pleasure for us to extend, on behalf of Government end people of the Socialist Republic, of Vietnam, our warmest welcome, once again, to Your Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei and Your Excellencies, Presidents and Prime Ministers of ASEAN to Hanoi for the 6th Meeting of ASEAN Heads of State/Government. My warmest welcome also goes to Your Excellency Samdech Hunsen, Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia. Today’s Opening Ceremony is also honoured by the gracious presence of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Hanoi.

Our Summit takes place at a historic moment, the juncture of the two centuries. This is the last ASEAN Summit in this century as we make preparations to bring ASEAN onto the new millenium. It also marks an important step in the development of our Association and is the first Summit that reflects in reality the vision of an ASEAN embracing thee whole Southeast Asian region, an association of Southeast Asia, by Southeast Asia, and for Southeast Asia. We firmly believe that Hanoi Summit will be a shining symbol of the spirit of unity and cooperation for an ASEAN of peace, stability, and equitable development.

At the, moment, our region of Southeast Asia is facing great challenges brought about by the economic and financial crisis. At this Meeting, in the spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance in the interests of individual countries the whole association, we will jointly exchange views on and look for measures to bring back the, regions sustained development. Our ideas and agreements will be reflected in the Hanoi Declaration, the Hanoi Plan of Action and Agreements signed on this occasion with a view to achieving the objectives of ASEAN Vision 2020. At the same time, the decisions of this Summit will constitute a clear message on the part of regional countries and peoples to the world about ASEAN’s determination to jointly address challenges and difficulties for further development.

ASEAN has always been an outward-looking organization entertaining dialogue partnership with many countries and major world economic centers. On the occasion of the Hanoi Summit, we are gratified to meet with the Leaders of dialogue countries in East Asia which include the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, thus creating a new frame tradition in ASEAN Activities. The Leaders of many dialogue partners of ASEAN as well as international and regional organisations have sent messages of congratulation to our Summit, expressing strong confidence in our potentials and prospect, strongly reaffirming their wish to support and cooperate with ASEAN. These are eloquent evidences of the world community’s great interest in ASEAN, its attractiveness and its rightful position in the world. Allow me, on behalf of the Association, to express our sincere thanks for their noble feelings and strong support.

Having become an ASEAN member for only more 3 years, Vietnam considers hosting and chairing the 6th Summit a great honour and will do her utmost to ensure the success of our Meeting, for the sustainable and strong development of ASEAN towards the future.

With those words, I now wish to declare open the 6th ASEAN Summit.

June 19th, 2012
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