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Viet Nam, Malaysia agree to wide ranging co-operation

Update: September, 07/2013 - 10:37
President Truong Tan Sang greets visiting Malaysian Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and Malaysia have agreed to co-operate more strongly in the areas of national defence-security, labour, oil and gas, education-training, farming and aquaculture.

The agreement was reached during President Truong Tan Sang's meeting with visiting Malaysian Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah in Ha Noi yesterday, shortly after a warm welcoming ceremony.

Noting with pleasure the progress of their friendship and bilateral ties over recent years, both sides proposed ways to enhance Viet Nam-Malaysia links further.

President Sang hailed Malaysia as one of Viet Nam's top trading partners and investors. He promised to offer all possible support for Malaysian firms to do business in the country.

Both host and guest highly valued the activities to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and agreed that visits by high-ranking delegations as well as co-operation among ministries, departments and localities should go on for a long time to come.

Turning their attention to regional and global issues of mutual interest, the host suggested the two sides continue working closely at regional and international forums, especially those within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the United Nations.

He spoke highly of Malaysia's stance on the East Sea issue and recommended continued bilateral efforts with other ASEAN member states in this matter.

In the evening, President Sang hosted a banquet in honour of Sultan Abdul Shah and his entourage.

The Malaysian leader also met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong earlier in the day.

At the meeting, Trong has affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy to foster friendship and multifaceted cooperation with countries in the region, including Malaysia.

He voiced his pleasure at the development of the two countries' relations and expressed his belief that the king's visit will contribute to further strengthening the ties between the two nations.

The host suggested both sides continue the exchange of high-ranking delegations and expand cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, education, culture, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

The Malaysian Sultan congratulated Viet Nam on its great achievements in socio-economic development and its growing position in the regional and international arenas.

He briefed the host on the outcome of his meetings with President Sang, in which both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in economics, bilateral trade and effective coordination in international forums, especially ASEAN. — VNS

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