President Truong Tan Sang received visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Hanoi on April 4.

At the reception, the President expressed his condolences to the Malaysian government and families of passengers on the missing Malaysian Flight MH370, saying that he hopes Malaysia secures the answers it needs to begin the healing process.

He welcomed the agreements reached between PM Najib and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, who met earlier in the day.

He agreed in principle with the Malaysian PM’s proposal to establish a bilateral strategic partnership, stressing that ensuring solidarity in the ASEAN Community must be is a critical component of any agreement.

To meet the target, Vietnam should increase cooperation with Malaysia , particularly in the exchange of high-ranking delegations, to reach consensus more quickly, Sang said.

In addition, coordination in security, defence, energy, oil and gas and fisheries should be promoted, helping remove obstacles to realising outstanding commitments, he added.

The President held that Najib’s current visit would open up a new chapter in the two sides’ relationship. He requested that they discuss a method of coordinating on the issues of the East Sea and Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Praising the cooperation between Vietnam and Malaysia over the past 40 years, PM Najib congratulated Vietnam on its effort in maintaining economic growth, curbing inflation and improving people’s living conditions.

The PM said his government always encourages its companies to invest in Vietnam and property projects, especially Gamuda in Hanoi - launched during Najib’s visit - are bringing changes to urban areas in the country.

To realise the goal of bringing two-way trade from 9 billion USD to 11 billion USD by 2015, he asked both sides’ agencies to work together in fields such as sea fishing, oil and gas and farm produce.

He proposed both sides boost their tourism connection to cater to the demands of visitors and enhance the understanding between the two peoples.-VNA