Vietnam, Malaysia beef up collaboration

NDO - Thanh Hoa province needs to enhance communication and implementation of the Party’s guidelines and State’s policies related to caring for policy revolutionary contributors in the coming time. The statement was made by Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh at a conference held on July 24 in Thanh Hoa province to honour revolutionary contributors on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27, 1947-2017). On behalf of leaders of the Party and State, Deputy PM Minh extended his deep gratitude to revolutionary veterans, heroic Vietnamese mothers, sick and wounded soldiers, martyrs and the families of revolutionary contributors in the province. He affirmed that the Party and State always make significant efforts to care for sick and wounded soldiers, martyrs, heroic Vietnamese mothers and revolutionary contributors. During the two resistance wars against French colonialism and American imperialism, Thanh Hoa province upheld the patriotic tradition and made great contributions to the country’s glorious revolutionary cause, added the Deputy PM. He asked the province to make efforts to promote socio-economic development, improve the quality of local people’s lives, and that of revolutionary contributors in particular. Deputy PM Minh also noted that the relevant agencies should pay much attention to educating younger generations on patriotism, solidarity and revolutionary traditions. On the same day, the Deputy PM offered incense at the monument dedicated to heroic Vietnamese mothers and Ham Rong Martyrs’ Cemetery in Thanh Hoa…... [read more]

On the morning of September 26, President Nguyen Minh Triet returned to Hanoi, successfully concluding his US tour for the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the second ASEAN-US Leaders’ Meeting in New York The participation of representatives from 192 UN member countries, including 140 heads of state and government and leaders from international organisations, showed the special significance of this UN Summit as well as the attention and responsibility of the international community for humankind’s future against a background of current global difficulties. Concerning the summit’s outcomes, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said all countries and international organisations agreed that progress has been made in carrying out the MDGs, which are targeted to be achieved by 2015. The progress recorded in recent times has helped improve people’s lives in many countries, especially those in poor countries. Countries shared their experiences to help each other fulfill the MDGs by 2015 and pledged to support the international community in implementing these goals. The participants approved an MDG action programme through 2015 which underlines the need for all nations to adopt appropriate policies, promote international cooperation and assistance, and draw up specific measures for each goal. A Vietnamese delegation led by State President Nguyen Minh Triet expressed its commitments and support for the MDGs. In his speeches at the plenary session and round-table discussion on sustainable development, President Triet shared Vietnam’s experiences in agricultural development and poverty alleviation. Vietnam is recognised by the international community as a leader…... [read more]

>> Vietnam-US political, security and defence dialogue concludes Vietnam and the US discussed a series of issues in the dialogue to strengthen bilateral relations, which concluded in Washington D.C on June 18. A US-based Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) correspondent talked to Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh who led the Vietnamese delegation, about the outcome of the dialogue. Reporter: Could you please tell us about the results of the fourth Vietnam-US dialogue? Mr Minh: This is the fourth time Vietnam and US have conducted such a dialogue under their high-level agreement. This dialogue focused on four major topics. The first was regional security issues related to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+), and mechanisms of the East Asia Summit (EAS), and the East Sea. The second was cooperation in security and defence. The third topic was humanitarian cooperation such as searching for MIA soldiers from the war and dealing with the consequences of war, including clearing unexploded ordnance. The fourth concerned details of elevating the Vietnam-US relations to a higher level. Reporter: What is the update of this dialogue? Mr Minh: It has been 15 years since the two countries normalized relations and last year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties. Over the past 15 years, Vietnam-US relations have developed strongly and rapidly in various fields such as politics, education and science and technology. During her visit to Vietnam in 2010, US Secretary…... [read more]

The First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh, noted that Vietnam has adopted the Law on Drug Prevention and Control, established the National Committee on Drug Prevention and Control, and endorsed the Master Plan and National Target Programme on Drug Prevention and Control until 2010. He further said that the country has ratified the three UN conventions on drug control and expanded cooperation with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and regional countries, especially those in the Mekong-sub region. Vietnam has recently signed 8 bilateral agreements on drug control with Cambodia, Laos, China, Russia, Thailand, Myanmar, Hungary and the US, Minh added. The Vietnamese official expressed his concern about the complicated developments of drug-related crimes which are growing in a more sophisticated manner and called for international joint efforts in the prevention and control of such dangerous crimes, with the UN entities, particularly the UNODC, playing a crucial role in the fight against drug trafficking.... [read more]

Gay J. McDougall spoke to permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and representatives of Vietnamese agencies and organisations at a working session before concluding her 12-day visit to Vietnam on July 15. Ms McDougall praised the country’s achievements in socio-economic development, implementing the Millennium Development Goals, as well as its endeavours to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of minority people. She also commended the Vietnamese Government for paying attention to cultural and language preservation and education which has helped ethnic people enjoy their rights and facilitated their involvement in social life. She held discussions with the Vietnamese representatives about ensuring ethnic people’s rights in all fields and proposed the Vietnamese Government consider promoting bilingual language teaching for ethnic children and continue with its assistance programme for ethnic minority people in disadvantaged areas. During her stay, the UN expert was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and had meetings with a number of State agencies and socio-political, religious and non-governmental organisations in Hanoi, the northern province of Dien Bien, the Central Highland provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, and the southern province of Tra Vinh.... [read more]

The boat coded BD 96092 TS with 9 fishermen on board was seized by local marine police on January 20 while it was fishing in Brunei’s waters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed the Vietnamese embassy to work with Brunei agencies to deal with the case. The Consular Office under the ministry sent a diplomatic note to the Brunei embassy in Hanoi, requesting that Brunei soon free the nine fishermen and their boat. During a visit on February 7, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh requested that Brunei consider releasing the fishermen in the humanitarian spirit, and Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah signed a decision to free them. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung cabled a thanking message to the Sultan.... [read more]

State President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on November 10 cabled a message of condolences to Philippine President Benigno A. Aquino III over the huge human and property losses caused by typhoon Haiyan. They hoped the government and people of the Philippines would soon overcome the consequences of the natural disaster and stabilise their lives. In their message, they said they will consider additional aid to support the victims. The same day Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent a message of sympathy to his Philippine counterpart Albert F. Del Rosario. Haiyan swept across central Philippines on November 9, claiming more than 10,000 lives.... [read more]

The event aims to launch government initiatives proposed by the Prime Minster, Nguyen Tan Dung, at theninth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 9) which concluded in Vientiane, Laos on November 17. The ASEM initiative is sponsored by the highest number of member nations including the Philippines, Laos, Indonesia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the EU and Pakistan. In his opening speech, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pham Binh Minh, warned about severe natural disasters which are predicted to rise in both frequency and sphere of influence. Asia and Europe are described as the worst hit regions for natural disasters. The Asian Pacific region accounts for 70 per cent of global natural disasters, while two thirds of victims are in Asia alone. This is predominantly attributed to human behaviours such as industrialization, urbanization and rapid population growth, which in turn has resulted in climate change- the biggest conundrum of the 21st century. The world is facing huge challenges in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 as well as efforts to reduce poverty, narrow development gaps and strengthen connectivity. Natural disaster is regarded as the fiercest non-traditional threat to security, hindering projects aimed at improving quality of life, ensuring sustainable economic development and boosting international economic links. Minh suggested ASEM members share education, knowledge and experience of natural disasters and collaborate on how to implement mitigation measures and build early warning systems for natural hazards. ASEM should take stronger actions in implementing the Unite Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Hydro Framework…... [read more]

The newly established portal is part of the government’s bid to streamline and simplify the VISA application process. The MoFA also inaugurated a data centre to support the online visa process and simplification of administrative procedures. Visa application dossiers will now be sent to the MOFA’s data centre, which is established under the sponsorship of the World Bank, and connected to a number of Government agencies. Addressing the March 14 inaugural ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed Vietnam’s strong determination to boost administrative reform and encourage information technology application in all sectors. The newly-launched online service is expected to aid in the attraction of more foreign tourists and businesses to Vietnam, promote people exchange, and accelerate socio-economic development, he noted. World Bank Vietnam Country Director Victoria Kwakwa highly valued the online visa service, saying it will help reduce the visa processing time to two days. “This is an important achievement of Vietnam in comparison with other countries in the world,” she added.... [read more]

Taking the advantage of public meetings to oppose China’s illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, several opportunists in the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and the central province of Ha Tinh destroyed property of foreign-invested enterprises, harmed safety of foreigners and resisted on-duty officials. Dang Minh Khoi, Assistant to the Foreign Minister and head of the Northeast Asia Department under the Foreign Ministry, said right after learning about the incidents, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung immediately chaired several meetings with concerned Ministries and localities on how to promptly fix the situation. PM Dung also issued four directions asking ministries and localities to take specific and drastic measures, he stressed, citing the latest one dated May 17 that asked for intensified measures to resolutely safeguard social order and safety. Khoi reported that Vietnamese local and ministry authorities visited the affected foreign firms and their staff to discuss ways to surmount the consequences. Meanwhile, hundreds of law violators were detained for further investigations to figure out the masterminds, he said, adding that adequate punishments will be given in accordance with law. Khoi further said that Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held telephone talks with his Chinese and Singaporean counterparts, while the Public Security ministers of Vietnam and China also talked on the phone, regarding the issue. He also underscored that the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has maintained regular contacts with foreign agencies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to…... [read more]

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