Prime Minister receives Malaysian Foreign Minister

The two sides agreed to increase delegation exchanges and strengthen bilateral cooperation on all channels and in various fields and highlighted the importance of accelerating trade and investment promotion activities. They encouraged the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group and Malaysia’s Petronas to seek mutual cooperation and cooperation with the third party. They consented to step up cooperation in security and national defense, soon negotiate and sign cooperation agreements on combating human trafficking, extradition, and hand over of prisoners to fine-tune legal frameworks in combating crimes.  The two countries will support each other at regional and international forums, promote ASEAN’s solidarity and central role in the regional security architecture, and increase consultation for peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea. They called on involved parties to practice restraint, not to use or threaten to use force, respect legal and diplomatic process, settle disputes on the basis of international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and soon finalize the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman began is on an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Minister Anifah Aman at the Government Office.... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the growing relations between Vietnam and Malaysia during a reception for visiting Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman in Hanoi on July 27. >>> Vietnam, Malaysia hold 5th meeting of joint cooperation committee The PM hailed the outcomes of the fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation, as the two sides reviewed the cooperation in politics, trade, investment, national defence-security, agro-forestry and discussed measures for existing issues, and promotion of multi-dimensional cooperation. The meeting was co-chaired by the Malaysian Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Deputy PM cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Malaysia is the seventh biggest trade partner and investor of Vietnam, having a trade value with Vietnam worth US$8.4 billion in 2016 and a total investment of US$12 billion as of May, 2017, PM Phuc said. He, however, noted that these figures have yet to match with the two nations’ cooperation potential. He urged the two sides to join hands in conducting activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018, soon start negotiations and signing of cooperation agreements on anti-human trafficking, extradition, transfer of sentenced persons, search and rescue at sea, and boost labour and tourism links and people-to people exchange. Vietnam has created all favourable conditions for Malaysian investors in Vietnam, he reiterated. Welcoming Malaysia’s stance on the East Sea issues, PM Phuc underscored the spirit of building the East Sea a region of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the growing relations between Vietnam and Malaysia during a reception for visiting Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman in Hanoi on July 27. >>> Vietnam, Malaysia hold 5th meeting of joint cooperation committee The PM hailed the outcomes of the fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation, as the two sides reviewed the cooperation in politics, trade, investment, national defence-security, agro-forestry and discussed measures for existing issues, and promotion of multi-dimensional cooperation. The meeting was co-chaired by the Malaysian Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Deputy PM cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Malaysia is the seventh biggest trade partner and investor of Vietnam, having a trade value with Vietnam worth US$8.4 billion in 2016 and a total investment of US$12 billion as of May, 2017, PM Phuc said. He, however, noted that these figures have yet to match with the two nations’ cooperation potential. He urged the two sides to join hands in conducting activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018, soon start negotiations and signing of cooperation agreements on anti-human trafficking, extradition, transfer of sentenced persons, search and rescue at sea, and boost labour and tourism links and people-to people exchange. Vietnam has created all favourable conditions for Malaysian investors in Vietnam, he reiterated. Welcoming Malaysia’s stance on the East Sea issues, PM Phuc underscored the spirit of building the East Sea a region of…... [read more]

The agreements were reached during talks between Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Gia Khiem, and Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman on the sidelines of the 15th ASEAN summit in Cha-am and Hua Hin, Thailand. Deputy PM Khiem said cooperation on the economy, trade and investment with Malaysia has been identified as one of the government’s priorities. He asked the Malaysian Foreign Minister to consider investing in industrial zones in Vietnam, increasing the quota of Vietnamese workers permitted to work in Malaysia and promoting cooperation with Vietnam in tourism, education and oil and gas exploration. Minister Aman said a number of Malaysian investors have expressed delight at business operations in Vietnam. A working visit to Vietnam will soon be organised for Malaysian enterprises that wish to seek trade and investment opportunities in the country, he added. The two ministers also agreed to ask relevant agencies on both sides to negotiate a cooperation agreement on seafood exploitation in line with international laws and norms. They emphasised the need to step up joint patrols in adjoining and overlapping waters. Both ministers shared their satisfaction with the new progress in bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that both sides will soon complete an action plan on implementing a comprehensive cooperative framework of the 21st century.... [read more]

Addressing the opening session, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman highlighted the significance of the ASEANSAI in fortifying public sector audits in the 10 ASEAN countries. He also spoke highly of the initiative and cooperative efforts shown by ASEAN audit agencies since the ASEANSAI’s establishment in 2011, declaring it an important contribution to the development of an ASEAN Community by 2015. Heads of the ASEAN member states’ supreme audit agencies discussed adjusting the ASEANSAI agreement, intensifying its function and proposing the establishment of a Regional Engineering Technical Association (RETA) of the Asia Development Bank (ADB). The State Audit of Vietnam, as head of the Strategic Planning Committee of ASEANSAI, gave a report on the monitoring and evaluation systems of the ASEANSAI. The Vietnamese delegation is scheduled take part in the 13th Asian Supreme Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) and other programmes in Kuala Lumpur from February 10-14.... [read more]

The agreement was reached during talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between Malaysian Foreign Minister Hamid Albar and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, who is in Malaysia for the 39th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and other related meetings. The two ministers discussed measures to boost bilateral economic and commercial cooperation and shared the view that the two countries should further people-to-people relations to broaden mutual understanding and friendship.They agreed to do their utmost to strengthen solidarity and cooperation within the group in line with the Bali II Concord to build an ASEAN community. They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, Deputy PM Khiem thanked Malaysia for supporting Vietnam's bid to join the World Trade Organisation.During his stay in Malaysia from July 24-28, Mr Khiem will hold bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers of several ASEAN member countries and ASEAN partners. VOVNews/VNA... [read more]

He said that Malaysia wants to work together with Vietnam in addressing a number of prominent problems regarding labour exports in the spirit of cordiality and friendship. For his part, President Triet showed his pleasure at the comprehensive development of the relations between the two countries over recent years and expressed his wish that Vietnam and Malaysia would strengthen cooperation in the near future with a focus on labour export, education, culture, science and technology. During his previous discussions with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, the Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim pledged to further his country’s all-round cooperation with Vietnam, affirming that his government regards Vietnam as its important counterpart in Southeast Asia. The two foreign ministers agreed on a host of measures to lift the two countries’ relations to new heights, including increasing the exchange of visits by high-level delegations, conducting the fifth meeting of the two countries’ joint committee in Malaysia, completing an action plan to implement the joint statement on a comprehensive framework for cooperation in the 21st century, and boosting cooperation in a wide range of matters. The same day, Foreign Minister Rais Yatim was received by Permanent Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung, who stressed that the two countries need to increase cooperation in training workers, including specific training in the laws, customs and cultures of the two countries. Malaysia is Vietnam’s ninth largest trade partner with two-way trade value hitting almost US$3.5 billion over the past nine months. The country is…... [read more]

FM Minh was speaking at separate meetings with his Malaysian and Myanmar counterparts in Bali, Indonesia on November 15, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings. While working with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifan Aman, the two ministers highly valued recent important progress in bilateral relations. They discussed measures to strengthen ties, especially by speeding up the implementation of agreements reached by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders. Regarding the East Sea issue, the two ministers emphasised the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime safety and freedom in the East Sea; respecting international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). They agreed to strengthen the exchange of delegations at all levels and share views on regional and international issues of common concern. During a meeting with Myanmar FM Wunna Maung Lwin, Mr Minh applauded the positive results of Myanmar’s national concord, socio-economic development and foreign policies. He affirmed that Vietnam supports Myanmar’s hosting of ASEAN Chair in 2014 and welcomes the ASEAN consensus in this issue, he said. The Vietnamese FM asked Myanmar to continue creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses which are operating in the country. The two FMs also discussed several regional and international issues of common concern, including ensuring a sustainable development in the Mekong region to boost socio-economic development, improve the life of people and protect the environment in the riverside countries.... [read more]

'We want an immediate stop to the violence. This is cruel.' Angry Muslim protesters took to the streets from Jakarta to Dhaka on Friday to denounce Myanmar over allegations of indiscriminate killing and rape in a military crackdown on the country's Rohingya Muslim minority. Around 5,000 Bangladeshi Muslims demonstrated in the capital Dhaka after Friday prayers, with hundreds more protesting in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Bangkok to accuse Myanmar of ethnic cleansing and genocide in its northern Rakhine state. Muslim-majority Malaysia's Cabinet also issued a statement condemning the violence, an unusually strong criticism against a fellow member of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). "Malaysia... calls on the government of Myanmar to take all necessary actions to address the alleged ethnic cleansing," the statement said. It said the Myanmar ambassador would be summoned over the crisis and that Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman would meet with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top Myanmar officials "at the earliest possible date." Up to 30,000 Rohingya have abandoned their homes in Myanmar to escape the unfolding violence, the U.N. says, after troops poured into the narrow strip where they live earlier this month. Rohingya are denied citizenship and subject to harsh restrictions in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where many view them as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, though many have lived in Myanmar for generations. The Dhaka protesters gathered outside the Baitul Mokarram mosque, the country’s largest, to demand an end to the violence, denounce Suu Kyi, and calling…... [read more]

Passengers waiting for their flights at the international airport in Bali, Indonesia. (Source: thestar.com.my) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Stricter security checks will be applied to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors entering Indonesia in the upcoming time, said Indonesia’s PT Angkarasa Pura II, the state-owned company handling airports. Managing director Budi Karya Sumadi said the move aims to prevent prohibited items from entering the country, especially drugs, as drug smuggling into Indonesia in recent times has mostly involved citizens of the two target countries. Meanwhile, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said that Malaysia has not received any official information relating to this issue but the ministry will discuss it with the Indonesian Foreign Ministry to clarify the matter. Anifah stated that Malaysia and Indonesia share a good relationship in combating transnational crimes, including drug crime.-VNA ASEAN Community... [read more]




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