Vietnam will continue to work closely with Indonesia and other ASEAN members to enhance the regional bloc’s role, and primarily to build the ASEAN Community by 2015.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh was speaking during talks with his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa in Hanoi on July 18.
The two ministers discussed ASEAN-related issues, including the East Sea, and agreed that given the current context, it is necessary to consolidate and strengthen the group’s central role in the region.
They also agreed that the East Sea is a common interest of ASEAN and the region as a whole.
Minister Minh said he supports the Indonesian FM’s initiative to bring into full play the central role of ASEAN in the East Sea issue as well as the proposal on six fundamental principles on the East Sea. It stresses the respect and full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), enhancement of the implementation of Principles guiding the implementation of the DOC, the building of the Code of Conduct soon, the respect of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of all aforementioned laws and regulations.
Minister Marty Natalegawa spoke highly of Vietnam’s active role and responsible contributions to ASEAN, including maintaining solidarity and promoting ASEAN’s key role for peace and security in the region.
Both ministers also discussed other issues relating to bilateral relations.
He affirmed six main principles to solve the East Sea issue are basic and said he believes ASEAN will reach a consensus on the issue.
NA Chairman receives foreign diplomats
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung on July 18 received the ambassadors of the Czech Republic, France and Singapore, who were paying farewell visits before ending their working terms in Vietnam.
At a reception for Michal Kral, the ambassador of the Czech Republic, Hung praised the outgoing diplomat’s contributions to strengthening relations between Vietnam and the Czech Republic, as well as between Vietnam and other European Union member countries.
Vietnam attaches great importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with the Czech Republic, Hung told Kral.
Vietnam wants to build an equal, comprehensive and long-term partnership for common development with the European Union, said the legislative chief.
He confirmed that the National Assembly and people of Vietnam will do their utmost to strengthen the time-honoured friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with the Czech Republic.
For his part, Kral noted that relations between the two countries’ legislative bodies have developed well in recent times, and that the Czech Republic is ready to share experience in policymaking and supervision with the Vietnam National Assembly.
He proposed that the two legislative bodies increase the exchange of high-level visits to take full advantage of their cooperation potential in the future.
Receiving French ambassador Jean Francois Girault, NA Chairman Hung expressed elation at the positive developments in Vietnam-France relations in a wide range of areas.
He noted that both countries have great potential for boosting cooperation in economics, trade, investment, education-training, science-technology, and culture, that should be fully exploited in the coming time.
Vietnam considers France a special partner and a gateway to Europe, and it is ready to help France expand cooperation with other countries in Southeast Asia, Hung told his guest.
He expressed his hope that in whatever position that the ambassador will continue to support French relations with Vietnam.
Girault recalled his impression during his stay in Vietnam and affirmed that France-Vietnam relations have been developing well through the implementation of French-funded projects on education, infrastructure construction, aviation, and national defence.
More and more French nationals are coming to work in Vietnam, and French businesses are confident in investing in the Southeast Asian economy, he said.
He suggested that the two parliaments continue exchange visits to share experience, especially between the two countries’ parliamentary groups.
At another reception for Singaporean ambassador Simon Wong Wie Kuen, NA Chairman Hung stressed that Vietnam treasures the special cooperative ties with Singapore, in the interest of the two nations and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
He expressed satisfaction with the growing ties between the two countries and said both sides need to work closely together to effectively implement the already signed cooperation agreements and prepare to lift bilateral relations to a strategic partnership.
Wong said he was impressed by Vietnam’s development achievements during the Renewal process, and affirmed that Vietnam is his second home country.
The diplomat welcomed the agreed principles of building the strategic partnership between the two countries, and said the two parliaments play an important role in speeding up this process.
DPRK proposes closer ties with Vietnam
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) attaches great importance to the ties of traditional friendship and cooperation with Vietnam, says Kim Yong-nam, President of the Korean Supreme People’s Assembly.
Consolidating and strengthening relations with Vietnam is the consistent policy of the DPRK, Kim told visiting Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son at a reception in Pyongyang on July 18.
He proposed that both countries increase the exchange of high-level and sectoral visits to promote mutual understanding and confidence, as well as cooperation.
Earlier, Son paid a courtesy visit to Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun and held talks with his Korean counterpart Pak Kil-yon.
He also met with Ri Myong-san, Deputy Trade Minister - cum – chairman of the DPRK Sub-committee of the DPRK-Vietnam Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, and Kim Jin-bom, Vice Chairman of the Korean External Liaison Cultural Committee, who is also president of the DPRK-Vietnam Friendship Association.
During talks and meetings, both sides discussed measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation in politics, economics, culture and education.
They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the situation on the Korean peninsula and in the East Sea.