The ten ASEAN foreign ministers wrapped up their 38th annual meeting in Vientiane today, July 28, with a 19-page joint communique, aiming at developing the Southeast Asian grouping into a politically, economically, socially, and culturally integrated community of nations by the year 2020.
Laos' Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Somsavad Lengsavat announced that the meeting had signed, among other things, an agreement establishing procedures and regulations regarding the implementation of
the ASEAN Development Fund as called for in the Vientiane Action Plan that was endorsed by the 10th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane in November 2004.
The ministers also considered and approved a draft copy of the ASEAN Charter, that will be approved by the next ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this year.
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