Foreign Minister Minh continues bilateral talks

Vietnamese FM Pham Binh Minh continued to have bilateral talks with his counterparts of Singapore, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Australia, and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on July 1 continued to have bilateral talks with his counterparts of Singapore, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Australia, and the Vice President of the European Commission/ High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The meetings took place on the sidelines of the 46th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM-46) in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan .

Talking with his Singaporean counterpart K. Shanmugam, Minister Minh congratulated Singapore on the success of the Shangri-La Dialogue which was held in the country on May 31, while Shanmugam highly valued Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s attendance and his important speech at the event.

The Singaporean guest announced that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Vietnam in September, and the two countries will sign a statement on establishing a Vietnam-Singapore strategic partnership on the occasion.

The two ministers agreed that besides the sound political relations, both countries need to continue maintaining their successful collaboration in economics, trade and investment.

Meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, Minister Minh affirmed that Vietnam treasures and hopes to improve the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Malaysia.

Both sides expressed their pleasure at the positive developments in their cooperation in economics, trade and investment, and hope to soon organise the fifth meeting of the Joint Committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation.

Minister Minh expressed his hope that the Government of Malaysia will continue creating favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese labourers, contributing to the two sides’ economic development.

At a meeting with Timor Leste’s Foreign Minister Jose Lui Guterres, Minh congratulated the country on its recent achievements, especially in economics.

The two ministers said they hope to increase bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields, particularly in oil and gas, agriculture, tourism, information technology and telecommunications.

Receiving Bangladesh’s FM Dipu Moni, FM Minh applauded the country’s achievements in the socio-economic field, people’s improved living standards and external relations over the past time.

The two FMs agreed Bangladesh and Vietnam need to increase the exchange of high-ranking visits and seek out solutions to exploit each country’s potential effectively.

FM Moni said his country wants to become ASEAN’s full dialogue partner and join regional cooperation and linkage mechanisms such as the East – West Economic Corridor a nd the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC).

At a meeting with Mongolia’s FM Luvsanvandan Bold, FM Minh and FM Bold said the Mongolian President’s visit to Vietnam scheduled for later this year will be a milestone in the sides’ ties.

The two FMs agreed to work together closely to implement practical measures to mark the 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Mongolia diplomatic ties and expand development cooperation for each country’s mutual benefit.

In a separate meeting, FM Minh and Australia’s FM Bob Carr expressed their pleasure with the positive development of Vietnam-Australia comprehensive partnership, especially in the context of various activities conducted to mark the 40 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

FM Minh and the Australian diplomat said the two sides need to continue delegation exchanges to enhance trust and mutual understanding and step up cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology.

At Minh’s meeting with Catherine Ashton, who is Vice-President of the European Commission and the EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the two officials were content with the Vietnam-EU ties’ positive development, especially since the two sides signed the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in June last year.

FM Minh asked the EU and its member countries to speed up the approval process to bring the PCA into effect as soon as possible.-VNA

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