July 22, 2019
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Southeast Asian countries want to organize 2034 soccer world cup

Bangkok, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Southeast Asian countries intend to present themselves to jointly organize the 2034 soccer world cup, the prime minister of Thailand said on Sunday.

Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement at the conclusion of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The proposal, which is not yet official with FIFA, aims for members of the regional bloc to host matches from the group stage and subsequent elimination rounds.

"I would like to announce that ASEAN will work to present a joint proposal to organize the 2034 Soccer World Cup," the Thai president said, without giving further details of the proposal.

The only men's world cup soccer held in Asia to date was the one organized by Japan and South Korea in 2002, with Qatar to host the event in 2022.

During each tournament, thousands of people end up in prisons in the region as a result of illegal gambling.

ASEAN, with a combined population of 645 million, is made up of Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 34th four-day bi-annual summit kicked off on Thursday in Bangkok, with items on the agenda including stronger economic integration, regional security and future expansion in the context of the ongoing trade spat between the United States and China.

The capital of Thailand – the country that hosted the summit, 10 years after its last chairmanship – welcomed flocks of representatives from the nine other member states amid heightened security measures.

On Saturday and Sunday, the prime ministers and heads of state of member nations attended the summit’s plenary session, a large multilateral meeting at the highest level.

In the build-up, human rights groups demanded ASEAN governments protect the rights of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim community and climate change campaigners called for environmental policies to be pushed to the forefront.

Leaders finalized a common position on a proposed mega trade agreement.

They also discussed the issue of garbage in the world’s oceans, with four of its members, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, responsible for half of the plastic pollution in the seas. EFE-EPA

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