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Malaysian, Vietnamese FMs meet

Update: February, 09/2012 - 10:09

KUALA LUMPUR — Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Malaysian counterpart, Anifah Aman, held talks in Kuala Lumpur yesterday as part of the Vietnamese minister's two-day visit to Malaysia.

The two FMs spoke highly of the development of friendship and multifaceted co-operation between the two countries and agreed to boost the exchange of high-level visits in the coming time.

Minister Anifah Aman said he valued the visit to Malaysia by President Truong Tan Sang last October and added that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would visit Viet Nam this year.

The two sides also agreed to maintain the current mechanism of bilateral co-operation and worked out plans and measures to increase bilateral trade to US$10 billion.

Discussing co-operation in national defence and security, the two sides hailed the enhancement of co-operation in fighting trans-national crimes.

The Malaysian side also said that their government was implementing a programme on management of foreign workers, and was encouraging Vietnamese workers to participate in this programme to ensure legal working conditions and more effective working results.

The two sides also agreed to work on strengthening co-operation on fisheries.

Regarding regional and international issues of common concern, the two sides agreed to co-ordinate and co-operate with other ASEAN countries in building a united and strong ASEAN Community in 2015, when Malaysia will assume the role as ASEAN Chair.

The two sides emphasised the importance of ensuring peace, stability, maritime security, safety and freedom in the East Sea and solving disputes by peaceful means in line with international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards the building of a Code of Conduct (COC).

Both sides said they highly valued the results of the 3rd session on overlapping continental shelf claims between Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam, which took place on January 15-18. — VNS

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