AMM 50: FM Pham Binh Minh holds bilateral meetings

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds a bilateral meeting with Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith (Source: VNA)

Manila (VNA) – Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had bilateral meetings
with his counterparts from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia,
and Laos in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5, on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings.

Meeting Singaporean FM Vivian Balakrishnan, both officials agreed on measures
to accelerate the implementation of high-level commitments to achieve joint
concrete benefits.

Vivian Balakrishnan stated that Singapore will work with Vietnam for the
successful APEC Year 2017, especially the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da
Nang in November.

Meanwhile, Minh and Indonesia’s FM Retno Marsudi asserted the importance of
maintaining contacts and high-ranking meetings, to bring bilateral ties to a
new height.

Minh suggested the two countries coordinate in protecting their fishermen,
combating criminals at sea, while asking Indonesia to handle the issues of
arrested fishing boats and fishermen humanely.

At the meeting with
the Philippine FM Alan Peter Cayetano, Minh affirmed that Vietnam supports and
works with the Philippines in its ASEAN Chair in 2017 in speeding up the ASEAN
Community building process, reinforcing the bloc’s solidarity, and safeguarding
the grouping’s central role in tackling regional issues.

He asked the Philippines to work to ensure safety for Vietnamese nationals
being held by terrorists in the country as well as hasten the accomplishment of
necessary procedures for the entry of Vietnamese vegetables, fruits, and
poultry products there.

Alan Peter Cayetano said
he will soon work with relevant agencies in his country on the facilitation of
Vietnamese farm products’ entry and pledged that he will make efforts to ensure
safety for Vietnamese nationals being captured.

At the meeting with Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith, the officials vowed to work
closely to deploy reached agreements, soundly organize celebrative activities,
and accomplish the implementation of an agreement on settling undocumented
migrants and marriages without licences in the two countries’ border areas.

With Australian FM Julie Bishop, the officials agreed to step up cooperative efforts
to fully tap the respective strengths and potential to develop bilateral ties
to a new height.

Minh asked Australia to continue facilitating the presence of Vietnamese farm
and aquatic products and supporting the country in education and training.

Minister Julie
Bishop hailed Vietnam’s participation in the Colombo programme, which is
tailored to enhance people-to-people exchanges, and education and training
cooperation, including the reception of Australian students in Vietnam.

Regarding regional
and international issues, Minh and his counterparts agreed on pushing efforts
to build the ASEAN Community, and increasing coordination to maintain ASEAN’s
unity and central role in the region.

The sides agreed to
continue coordinating to maintain the bloc’s basis principles in addressing issues
relating to peace and security in the region, including the East Sea issue on
the basis of international law, the 1982 UNCLOS, to safeguard overflight and
maritime freedom, security and safety in the East Sea, and seriously and fully
implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and
soon have a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).-VNA

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