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Deputy PM promotes role of ASEAN bloc

Update: August, 05/2015 - 09:46
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh meets with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 48) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Dung - Chi Giap

KUALA LUMPUR (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had separate meetings with foreign ministers of several countries on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 48) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

At a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, Minh and Brende agreed that the two countries should streng-then cooperation in fields that suit both Norway's strength and Viet Nam's needs, such as navigation, shipbuilding, hydroelectricity, and sea-based economy, while increasing co-ordination and mutual support at regional and international forums.

Minh urged the two countries to sign an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and service/official passport holders. He asked Norway to grant tourism visa exemption for Vietnamese citizens, the same as Viet Nam had done for Norwegian nationals.

The Norwegian FM thanked Viet Nam for supporting Norway forge relations with ASEAN nations and become a dialogue partner wih ASEAN in certain fields.

The two sides also shared concern over the situation in the East Sea, and highlighted the significance of resolving any disputes through peaceful means and using international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

While meeting the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Nam Hong, Minh said Viet Nam treasured the traditional friendship and co-operation with Cambodia.

Minh suggested the two countries step up affiliation in all fields and work together to organise the 14th meeting of the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee in 2015.

Regarding border issues between Viet Nam and Cambodia, Minh said the two nations should seek the early completion of land border demarcation and border marker planting in line with the perceptions reached between leaders of the two countries in March this year.

Expressing support for Minh's suggestions, Deputy PM Hor Nam Hong agreed that both Viet Nam and Cambodia should co-operate further on border management and not allow the issue to affect the sound relationship between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Minh and his Filipino counterpart Albert del Rosario agreed during their meetings that they would work to enhance exchanges of delegations at all levels, especially among high-ranking officials.

They also agreed to make good preparations for the participation of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in 2015 in the Philippines.

Both countries agreed to organise the eighth session of the Viet Nam-Philippines bilateral co-operation committee to promote links in politics, economics, security, national defence, agriculture, fisheries, culture, education and tourism.

The two foreign ministers also discussed ASEAN co-operation and the East Sea issue, affirming their intention to continue co-ordination and join efforts with other ASEAN member states to promote the central role of the bloc. — VNS

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