14 July 2017

Vietnam, Singapore share concern over terrorism

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh in Singapore (Source: VNA) 


Singapore (VNA) – Vietnam and Singapore have shared
concern over terrorism in the region and the world and affirmed willingness to
fight terrorism and extreme violence.

It was one of the important agenda during Permanent Deputy
Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh’s visit to Singapore from July 13-15 at the
invitation of Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Both sides agreed to continue facilitating all-level visits
and exchanges on the Party, State and government channels and people-to-people
exchange, effectively tap strategic consultation mechanisms and enhance ties
between the two countries’ defence forces, particularly in naval and aviation
fields, anti-piracy cooperation and search and rescue.

The Singaporean side pledged to boost security collaboration
with Vietnam, especially in cyber security, sharing of anti-terrorism intelligence
information, immigration management, information security and personnel
training.

Underscoring the strong growth of trade and investment,
considering it a pillar in the bilateral strategic partnership, Singapore vowed
to assist Vietnam in economic reform, constructive government building and
market opening while encouraging Vietnamese firms to join the global supply
chain and serve as a bridge connecting Vietnam and the Southeast Asia.

The host side shared experience in policy making regarding
urban management, corruption prevention, administrative reform, e-government,
personnel training, and expressed readiness to share information and send
experts to Vietnam to offer training.

On regional and global issues, they called attention to
building a united ASEAN which plays a central role in dealing with strategic
issues in the region, especially the East Sea issue.

Both sides affirmed the importance of the peaceful
settlement of disputes in line with international law, including the 1982
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), respect to diplomatic
and legal process without the use of force or threat to use force and full
implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC)
towards reaching a legally-binding and effective Code of Conduct in the East
Sea (COC).

Deputy PM Binh spoke highly of Singapore’s role in
coordinating ASEAN- China ties and affirmed that Vietnam would continue working
closely with Singapore to help the country successfully assume the role of
ASEAN Chair in 2018.

During the three-day visit, Binh held talks with and attended
a banquet hosted by Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean, paid courtesy calls to President
Tony Tan Keng Yam and PM Lee Hsien Loong, attended a luncheon hosted by Chief
Justice Sundaresh Menon and held working sessions with Singaporean agencies.

On the occasion, he laid a wreath at a monument dedicated to
late President Ho Chi Minh and is scheduled to meet Vietnamese nationals in
Singapore on July 15.-VNA



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