Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Md. Shahidul Haque (Photo: VNA)

 

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said he was pleased with the positive development of Vietnam-Bangladesh relations in the recent time, especially the good outcomes of the visit to Bangladesh in March by President Tran Dai Quang.

Minh made the comment on September 12 while receiving Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Md. Shahidul Haque, who has been in Vietnam to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) 2018.

Both officials noted that bilateral relations have reaped significant achievements after 45 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties, notably in politics, trade, investment, agriculture and education.

They agreed to accelerate the organisation of the second political consultation between the two foreign ministries and the third meeting of the Vietnam-Bangladesh Joint Committee in Hanoi later this year or early 2019 to discuss measures to fully tap the countries’ potential and strengths.

The officials also affirmed to enhance cooperation at regional and international forums. 

Minh proposed Bangladesh back Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 term.

The officials also emphasized the need to heighten the principles such as maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, as well as settlement of disputes through peaceful measures and in line with international law.-VNA