HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang held talks with his Singaporean counterpart, Tony Tan Keng Yam, in Ha Noi yesterday immediately after an official welcoming ceremony for the Singaporean guest, who is on a five-day state visit to Viet Nam.
|President Truong Tan Sang (left) and President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam inspect an honour parade on the latter's official visit to Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
Sang spoke highly of the Singaporean leader's decision to choose Viet Nam as his first destination after taking office, saying that it is a vivid manifestation of the friendship and comprehensive co-operation enjoyed by Viet Nam and Singapore.
The Vietnamese State leader praised Singapore's recent achievements, expressing his belief that the country would harvest greater successes as a developed nation and an economic-financial and scientific and technological centre in the region.
On the bilateral co-operation, the two leaders expressed great pleasure in the way Viet Nam-Singapore relations have developed in recent years.
They agreed that regular visits by high-ranking officials had helped boster ties between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Yam welcomed the planned visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to Singapore.
The two leaders expressed their joy at the development of economic, investment and trade co-operation between the two countries.
Sang praised Singapore for being one of Viet Nam's leading investors and trade partners.
Yam said that Singaporean businesses were keen to invest in Viet Nam.
The two presidents also stated that they were happy with the Framework Agreement on Viet Nam-Singapore Connectivity and the results of the recent 8th connectivity meeting in Singapore.
They also praised the running of the Viet Nam-Singapore industrial parks in Binh Duong Province, Hai Phong City and Bac Ninh and expressed their belief that Viet Nam-Singapore industrial parks in Quang Ngai Province would contribute to the development of central Viet Nam.
They also expressed their pleasure at the two countries' co-operation in national defence and security and agreed that the two sides would soon sign the expansion of the agreement on co-operation in the fight against transnational crime.
They agreed to boost co-operation in education and training, construction and agriculture.
Sang took the opportunity to thank Singapore for supporting Viet Nam's bid to join the UN Human Rights Council in the 2020-21 term.
They affirmed that the two countries would continue to boost co-operation internationally with the help of organisations such as APEC and ASEM, as well as the ASEAN Community, due to be established in 2015.
Yam shared the views with Viet Nam on the East Sea issue, and agreed to bolster community co-ordination on maritime security and freedom, according to international laws, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.
He also said Singapore has been working towards building a Code of Conduct on the East Sea.
Meanwhile, the two presidents witnessed in central Quang Ngai Province the approval of investment plans worth US$338 million by the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park, a joint venture between Singapore's Sembcorp group and Viet Nam's Becamex Industrial Development Corporation.
Meeting with PM
"Viet Nam's consistent policy is to co-operate with Singapore on boosting bilateral relations," said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Dung made the comments while receiving the visiting Singaporean president in Ha Noi yesterday, saying that the visit marked an important milestone in the development of friendly relations between the two countries.
The Prime Minister said there was huge potential for further co-operation between the two countries.
In addition to co-operation on trade and investment, Dung said the two countries should enhance ties in education and training, security and national defence.
Meanwhile, the Singaporean president said he would strive to bring relations between the two countries to a new height. — VNS