At the ASEAN Plus Three Leaders for the 23rd ASEAN Plus Three Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah underlines that ASEAN Plus Three countries need to stand more closely together in strengthening regional cooperation in public health to address the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for disease control, treatment and prevention. ASEAN thereby appreciated the Plus Three countries for their valuable contributions and commitments in addressing current challenges, including support for the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.

Meanwhile, His Excellency Nguy?n Xuân Phúc, the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam as the ASEAN Chairman for 2020 in his opening remarks at the beginning of the Summit affirmed commitment in enhancing ASEAN's coordination with ASEAN Plus Three countries to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts towards the livelihoods of people and the economy.

His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, as Country Coordinator for the Plus Three countries in his remarks called for the facilitation of essential travel across borders without undermining disease control efforts. Furthermore, cooperation in areas of public health should continue towards the development of equitable supply of treatments as well as transparent mechanisms to prepare against new outbreaks. On the economic front, ASEAN Plus Three countries are urged to prepare pre-emptively for the post COVID-19 era by strengthening measures towards resilient and inclusive economies.

This was followed with a statement from His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, in which he said China believed that the joint efforts to keep industrial and supply chains open demonstrates the resilience ASEAN Plus Three cooperation and solidarity. In this regard, China highlighted that inclusive cooperation can contribute to the peace, development and prosperity in the region.

His Excellency Yoshihide Suga, the Prime Minister of Japan also highlighted the cooperation between ASEAN Plus Three countries, particularly in finance and food security, in making progress towards sustainable development. Japan also encouraged efforts towards economic revitalisation through resilient supply chains within industries. To defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan believed that universal health coverage is crucial and stands ready to collaborate with countries in the region to achieve this.

Source: Radio Television Brunei