ASEAN foreign ministers concerned about Korean Peninsula situation

ASEAN foreign ministers concerned about Korean Peninsula situation

NDO/VNA – ASEAN foreign ministers issued on April 28 a statement expressing grave concern over the escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula, urging the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and all parties concerned to exercise self-restraint in order to relieve the tension.  (Apr 28, 2017)


ASEAN senior officials discuss preparations for Summit

  Apr 27, 2017
NDO/ VNA – ASEAN senior officials convened a meeting in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, to review preparations for the 30th ASEAN Summit slated for April 29.  

Seminar promotes media’s role in communicating ASEAN community

  Apr 18, 2017
NDO – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a seminar entitled, ‘Promoting the role of the media in communicating ASEAN Community’, on April 18, in Hanoi, to introduce the sources of information and documents related to the interests of ASEAN Community.  

French Presidential election: the unexpected and unpredictable factors

  Apr 17, 2017
NDO – The race to become head of the Élysée palace is turning out to be a presidential election that is fraught with the most unexpected and unpredictable factors in French history. 

US attack on Syria – a sceptical decision

  Apr 11, 2017
NDO – An unexpected decision made by the US President, Donald Trump, to launch rockets targeting the Syrian military base, has upset recent analyses on US’s strategy in the Middle East nation. The Pentagon's first direct military intervention in Syria raged scepticism that "chemical weapons" could once again be used as a "card". The move has even caused a divide within the US and is also a blow to Russian-US relations in the fight against terrorism.  

Adding fuel to the fire in Syria

  Apr 08, 2017
NDO – Early on the morning of April 7, from its warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea, the US launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near the central city of Homs, Syria. This is the biggest substantial escalation of the US military over the past six years of the Syrian civil war, which may pose potential risk of exacerbating tensions in the region while threatening to completely shatter all efforts to seek a political solution to the crisis in this Middle Eastern country.  

Three killed by truck driven into crowd in Swedish capital

  Apr 07, 2017
A truck plowed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on April 7, killing three people and wounding eight in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack.  

ASEAN, India look for closer cooperation

  Apr 07, 2017
NDO/VNA – The 19th ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) took place in New Delhi, India, from April 5-6, where participants discussed ways to promote cooperation between the two sides. 

Fuelling new source of energy for US-Turkey relations

  Apr 04, 2017
NDO – US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson recently made a visit to Turkey as the most senior American official to visit the country since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. With the goal of providing new energy for a relationship that had undergone tension under the previous US President, Tillerson 's visit is expected to relieve scepticism and strain between the two NATO allies. 

Significant milestone

  Mar 30, 2017
NDO - Escalating tensions between Turkey and European countries are pushing the two sides further apart. Turkey does not hesitate to show its tough stance despite the prospect that the country’s door the European Union (EU)’s membership may shut. However, serious damage can force the parties to consider more carefully when making their decision for a relationship which has not as sweet as it could be. 

2017 ASEAN Film Festival opens in Geneva

  Mar 28, 2017
NDO/VNA—The 2017 ASEAN Film Festival was launched at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 27 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.  

Responding to terrorism – a global challenge

  Mar 26, 2017
NDO – Foreign ministers and representatives from more than 60 nations have gathered in Washington capital of the US to discuss comprehensive and multi-dimensional measures to put an end to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). 

Unceasing migrant influx to Europe

  Mar 24, 2017
NDO—The migration wave continues to strike Europe at a steady rate, despite the efforts of countries on both sides of the Mediterranean to stop the influx of migrants from the Libyan coast to Italy. The recent meeting of interior ministers from the central Mediterranean countries in Rome, Italy has shown their determination to address the root cause of the problem.  

Vietnam lauds ASEAN-New Zealand strategic partnership

  Mar 22, 2017
NDO/VNA – Vietnam highly values and welcomes the outcomes of the strategic partnership between ASEAN and New Zealand, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung said at the 24th ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue held in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21-22.  

New wine into old wineskins

  Mar 21, 2017
NDO – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently wrapped up his official trip to three Northeast Asian countries, including China and the US’s two key allies, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan. The visit aimed to redefine Washington policy in the strategic region under President Donald Trump.