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Vietnam attends Baku Summit of Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in response to COVID-19

Moscow, March 4 (VNA) – A Vietnamese delegation led by Ambassador to Russia and Azerbaijan Dang Minh Khoi attended the Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, held in Baku on March 2. The summit, chaired by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, saw the participation of leaders, foreign ministers, and ambassadors from NAM member countries as well as representatives from international organisations, observers, and guests of Azerbaijan that is taking NAM chairmanship. NAM member countries recognised the movement's contributions to COVID-19 prevention and control. In the last three years, the pandemic has widened the rich-poor gap, seriously affecting socio-economic development in developing countries, especially in Africa and small island countries. Furthermore, a third of the world's population has yet to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Besides, it is forecast that the world will not be avoidable to new pandemics in the future, so humanity must prepare for potential pandemics and possible consequences. As the consequences of the pandemic are increasingly multi-dimensional, geopolitical tensions, global economic crisis, and non-conventional challenges, the countries emphasised the role of multilateral cooperation in general and NAM in particular in post-pandemic recovery. Representatives from countries called for the lifting of restrictions on vaccine exports, strengthening health capacity building, sharing experiences, and transferring biotechnology. At the same time, they reaffirmed their commitment to promote the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted the urgency of developing a vision and strategy for NAM to ensure the common interests of member countries during the post-pandemic period. At the summit, Ambassador Dang Minh Khoi shared Vietnam’s experiences in COVID-19 prevention and control as well as post-pandemic recovery. He emphasised the country’s policies of putting people at the centre and its duo goals for both disease control and socio-economic development. To promote post-pandemic recovery, Vietnam suggested that NAM cooperation in the coming time should strengthen solidarity based on respecting the sovereignty and diversity of members, upholding the voice of members at international forums, promoting cooperation mechanisms within the NAM framework and implementing people-centered recovery policies, Khoi said. The summit was closed on March 3 with the issuance of a summary statement of chairing country. Azerbaijan will continue to hold NAM Chairmanship until the end of 2023 before handing it over to Uganda./.