In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency ahead of the AMM Retreat, Ambassador Nguyễn Hải Bằng, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to ASEAN, said given the current complicated circumstances, the meeting is expected to offer an opportunity for ASEAN FMs to discuss and reach consensus on the bloc’s orientations. Since joining ASEAN, Việt Nam has proven its role as an active, responsible member that is willing to lead and contribute to building rules for the bloc. At the upcoming retreat, Việt Nam will propose initiatives aiming to improve institutional capacity and operational efficiency of ASEAN agencies and review the implementation of the ASEAN Charter for timely adjustment and supplements, towards ensuring that ASEAN Community building efforts are made in an effective and coordinated manner across all three pillars. Also as part of the community building framework, Việt Nam will join in finalising Timor Leste's observer status and contributing to building a roadmap for Timor-Leste to secure the ASEAN membership. According to the ambassador, another important issue at the upcoming retreat meeting is measures to materialise the Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar, and Việt Nam stands ready to engage in the process.