Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung (left) pays
courtesy call on Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Singapore
on August 14, 2019
During the event, the two sides extensively
discussed on bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international
issues of common concerns.
They agreed to work together to further deepen the
Viet Nam-Singapore strategic partnership through enhancing economic
connectivity and making contributions to consolidate and promote ASEAN
solidarity and centrality.
Both sides agreed to continue the exchange of
delegations and contacts at all levels and across channels while promoting
the effectiveness of the bilateral cooperation and consultation mechanisms.
They pledged to coordinate in fruitfully realizing
the outcomes of the 14th meeting of their two economic ministers in
Singapore last March, particularly in such fields like finance, information
and communication, education and training, transport, investment, trade
Singapore is the 3rd biggest foreign investor in
Viet Nam with 2,000 valid projects worth nearly US$50 billion, partly thanks
to the introduction of seven Viet Nam-Singapore industrial parks across Viet
The pair also vowed to foster coordination in
strategic issues amid complicated developments in the region and the world
and rising trade tensions.
Regarding recent developments in the East Sea, the
sides underlined the significance of maintaining peace, stability, security,
safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, calling for self-restraint
and peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law,
including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The two countries also called for full and effective
implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea
and accelerated negotiation efforts to reach a Code of Conduct in the East
Sea that is effective and practical in line with international law.
Dung spoke highly of Singapore’s East Sea stance
that reflects its role and responsibility for peace and stability in the
region and for solidarity of the ASEAN Community.
On the occasion, Dung made courtesy call on
Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan who highlighted the
significance of the Viet Nam-Singapore strategic ties for respective
countries and for the solidarity and development of the ASEAN Community.
Balakrishnan also highly valued Viet Nam’s
development achievements and its rising international position, expressing
his belief that Viet Nam will successfully undertake the roles as ASEAN
Chair in 2020 and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security
Council for 2020-2021 tenure./.