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Viet Nam, Malaysia pledge to increase co-operation efforts

Update: October, 18/2013 - 08:10
PM Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday suggested the joint co-operation committee of Viet Nam and Malaysia hold a meeting as soon as possible to promote effective cooperation in the fields of economics, trade, investment, tourism, education and training.

The PM was receiving Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who has been in Ha Noi for a working visit.

Dung declared that Viet Nam attached great importance to fostering co-operation with Malaysia, adding that he wanted the two sides to promptly sign a co-operation agreement on food security and labour, and co-ordinate in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

He urged both sides to step up their work together in maintaining peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea.

The Malaysian guest confirmed that his country would work closely with Viet Nam in peacefully addressing disputes in the East Sea based on international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), fully realising the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and advancing towards the early establishment of the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).

Yassin said his visit aimed to strengthen bilateral co-operation, especially in the areas of education, training and agriculture.

Notably, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on higher education and human resources training with the view to bolstering exchanges in the field.

Emphasising the co-operation potential between the two countries, the guest called for the Vietnamese Government to continue creating favourable conditions for Malaysian businesses, enabling them to make long-term investments in the country as well as facilitating two-way trade.

The same day, the Malaysian deputy PM met with Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Thien Nhan. The two politicians highlighted major areas to speed up their work together and to continue the rapid and impressive development of their ties.

The two sides expressed their high hopes for mutually beneficial bilateral education and training projects, at a time when both need to develop high-quality human resources to serve their socio-economic development from now to 2020.

Following the talks, Yassin signed an MoU on tertiary education co-operation with Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan to create a legal foundation for positive co-operation in the field. — VNS

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