|Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Pakistani Deputy FM Amjad Hussian B.Sial in Ha Noi. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and Pakistan held their first political consultation in Ha Noi yesterday, during which they affirmed their traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation.
At the meeting, co-chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and his Pakistani counterpart Amjad Hussain B. Sial, the two sides agreed that it was necessary for the foreign ministries to uphold their bridging role, creating a firm foundation for other co-operative ties.
The two sides agreed to hold the next political consultation in 2016 and accelerate the organisation of the third meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Co-operation and the fourth meeting of the Viet Nam-Pakistan Joint Sub-Committee on Trade.
Pakistan welcomed imports from Viet Nam such as tea, pepper and basa fish, Sial said. He also called on Vietnamese businesses to invest in banking, energy, oil and gas, garment-textile and footwear in the country in the forms of joint ventures or wholly foreign-invested companies.
The Pakistani side noted its hope that Viet Nam's airlines would consider opening a route to Islamabad, as connectivity was important in trade and tourism ties.
Both sides highly valued the countries' close co-ordination at regional and international forums such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Asia-Europe Meeting, and expressed support of each other' bids to join UN agencies such as the Human Rights Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Security Council.
Stressing ASEAN's centrality in the Asia-Pacific region and its role in settling issues regarding regional peace and stability, the Pakistani official said he hoped Viet Nam would help the country tightening its co-operation with the group within the framework of the East Asia Vision policy.
Pakistan's representatives said they backed efforts to ensure peace, stability and maritime security in the South China Sea (East Sea).
All disputes should be addressed peacefully, they said, applauding the parties that abided by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and fundamental regulations of international law. The two sides also called on all sides to co-operate to soon reach an agreement on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea. — VNS