|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) greets Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital city. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, yesterday to attend the opening of the 22nd ASEAN Summit.
Themed "Our people, Our future", the summit will focus on ASEAN's 2013 priorities, accelerating the formation of a future-oriented ASEAN community, expanding the bloc's external relations and promoting ASEAN's central role in shaping the region.
PM Dung and other ASEAN leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern. These include the East Sea issue as well as peace, security and development cooperation in the region and cooperation in adapting to new challenges such as environmental changes, natural disasters and epidemics.
Prime Minister Dung met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after arriving in Bandar Seri Begawan to attend the 22nd ASEAN Summit.
At the meeting, the two sides praised the robust development of bilateral relations and promised to urge ministries and departments to work together to implement the Vietnam–Indonesia Action Programme for the 2012–2015 period in a timely and efficient manner.
They also spoke highly of the two countries' bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the Foreign Minister-level Bilateral Cooperation Committee and the Joint Committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation.
Bilateral trade between Viet Nam and Indonesia was valued at US$4.6 billion in 2012 and is expected to increase to $5 billion by 2015.
In order to lift the two countries' relations to a new level, the two leaders agreed that ministries and departments should work together to upgrade their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership on the occasion of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's visit to Indonesia this year.
Regarding regional and international issues, Dung said he hoped Indonesia would continue assisting the ASEAN Chair, along with Vietnam and other ASEAN member nations, in promoting the bloc's goals. These include building a community, upholding ASEAN's central role in the region and contributing to peace, security and development throughout the region, including the East Sea.
Yudhoyono vowed that his country would work closely with Vietnam to strengthen solidarity, build the community and bring ASEAN's central role into full play.
The two leaders agreed that 2013 would be the right time to speed up regional cooperation in order to establish the ASEAN Community by 2015. Consequently, regional nations should step up efforts to complete the agenda on time, they said.
Discussing the East Sea situation, they affirmed that peace, stability, maritime security and safety are the common concern and benefit of ASEAN and related countries.
For this reason, they noted, ASEAN needs to uphold solidarity and promote basic principles of common consent, particularly when it comes to complying with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
They shared the view that the region should refrain from complicating the situation, settle any disputes by peaceful means and fully and effectively implement ASEAN's Declaration on the Six-Point Principles, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and ASEAN and Chinese leaders' commitments at the ASEAN–China Joint Declaration on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the DOC. They also agreed that regional countries should formulate a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). — VNS