A branch of the Vietnam-Malaysia Friendship Association, which includes Vietnamese students who had learnt in Malaysia, makes debut (Source: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – The relations between Malaysia and Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, will develop more strongly and inclusively based on joint efforts and determination of their high-ranking leaders and people.

The statement was made on September 6 by Tran Ngoc Son, President of the Vietnam-Malaysia Friendship Association’s Ho Chi Minh City chapter at a meeting to celebrate Malaysia’s 60th Independence Day (August 31, 1957-2017).

Malaysian Consul General in the city Sofian Akmal Bin Abd Karim said that since they set up their diplomatic ties in 1973, Malaysia and Vietnam have seen fine relationship not only in ASEAN but also at international forums, which was reflected through the establishment of their strategic partnership in 2015.

He affirmed to continue speeding up cooperation activities with Ho Chi Minh City in order to improve the two countries’ relations and contribute to building a united ASEAN Community.

Two-way trade reached 3.97 billion USD in the first five months of 2017, up 27.9 percent against the same period last year.

Malaysia is currently Vietnam’s eighth biggest trade partner with the market share of 2.4 percent.

It is one of the leading foreign investors in Ho Chi Minh City, with focus on finance, banking, construction and real estate.-VNA