Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung (L)
is welcomed by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in the island
city state (Photo: VNA)
At the event, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung and
Permanent Secretary of the Singaporean Foreign Ministry Chee Wee Kiong
discussed the two countries’ relations, along with regional and
international issues of common concern.
The officials said their countries will keep working
to enhance the two economies’ connectivity, actively contribute to ASEAN’s
solidarity and centrality, and boost coordination in strategic issues amidst
complex developments and growing trade frictions in the region and the
They agreed on many concrete measures to further
promote Vietnam-Singapore cooperation in the time ahead, including
increasing all-level mutual visits and meetings via all channels, including
between their parties, states, governments, parliaments and peoples, while
maintaining and effectively bringing into play bilateral cooperation and
The two sides will work together to realise the
outcomes of the 14th economic connectivity ministerial meeting held in
Singapore in March this year, especially in finance, information –
communications, education – training, transport, investment, trade and
services, so as to build on the recent economic partnership results.
Singapore is currently the third biggest foreign
investor in Vietnam with over 2,000 valid projects worth nearly 50 billion
USD. Additionally, the seven Vietnam – Singapore industrial parks (VSIP)
have greatly contributed to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and
generated considerable economic benefits for Singaporean businesses,
according to the officials.
Deputy Minister Dung asked both sides to continue
with efforts to promote the two economies’ complementarity, create more
favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Singaporean goods to access each
other’s markets, and effectively implement the commitments under the
Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Permanent Secretary Chee underlined the wish to
reinforcing cooperation in security, agricultural product trading, tourism,
people-to-people exchange, and especially the new and important fields of
the Fourth Industrial Revolution like startup, smart city, financial
technology and cyber security.
At the consultation, the two officials highly valued
the outcomes of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held recently in
Regarding the recent developments in the East Sea,
both sides stressed the importance of maintaining peace, stability,
security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the waters. They
also called on the parties concerned to exercise self-restraint, not
threaten to use or use force, resolve disputes by peaceful means on the
basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the
Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and step up negotiations to soon
finalise an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the waters that is
in line with international law.
The Vietnamese official also spoke highly of
Singapore’s stance on the East Sea issue which shows its sense of
responsibility and active role towards peace and stability in the region, as
well as the solidarity and strength of the ASEAN Community.
The two sides also expressed their delight at the
fruitful cooperation between the two foreign ministries, which has greatly
helped with their countries’ strategic partnership.
They agreed to organise the 13th political
consultation in Vietnam next year.
During their stay in Singapore, the Vietnamese
delegation had a meeting with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian
Balakrishnan, who highlighted the significance of the countries’ strategic
partnership to each side along with the solidarity and development of the
The host noted with satisfaction that both sides
have sustained the development trend of the bilateral friendship and
cooperation for decades.
He also highly valued Vietnam’s development
achievements and growing position in the international arena, voicing his
belief that the country will do well when holding the ASEAN Chairmanship in
2020 and serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for