JAKARTA, Indonesia 

Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed on Tuesday to strengthen cooperation in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The understanding was reached during a virtual meeting, the Special ASEAN Summit on Coronavirus Disease, chaired by Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who accompanied President Joko Widodo, said cooperation between ASEAN countries includes information exchange, research and development, and medical treatment.

During the talks, the regional leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring protection of their citizens, and resolved to strengthen public communication and fight against stigma and discrimination.

The leaders also

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