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He is accompanied by head of the Presidential Office Nguyen Van Chien, Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and other senior officials. The visit takes place at a time when the Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos are entering into the second year of implementing Party resolutions in both countries. The visit aims to further consolidate the trust and close relationship between the two countries, contributing to the development of the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people. The traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people have been constantly strengthened and developed in various areas. The two sides strengthened contact and visit exchanges and held regular Political Bureau meetings to outlines orientations for bilateral ties. Particularly, the Vietnam visit by Lao President and Party leader Sayasone from June 19-22, 2006 and a reciprocal visit to Laos by Vietnamese Party leader Nong Duc Manh from October 10-13 opened a new period for bilateral ties after the two countries successfully organized their National Party Congress and made several personnel changes in Party and State apparatus. The two countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs have so far conducted four exchanges bringing about practical results. The fifth exchange is expected to take place in mid-2007. In addition, the Vietnam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee for Joint Cooperation has also organized 29 sessions to map out development plans for bilateral cooperation. Two-way trade value has increased…... [read more]

Amnesty should be granted to deserving inmates This was announced on August 29 at a press conference about the President’s amnesty decision. Speaking at the conference held by the Presidential Office, the Ministries of Public Security and Foreign Affairs, and the Supreme People’s Court, Vice Head of the Presidential Office Giang Son emphasized that the amnesty shows the Party and State’s leniency and the country’s humane tradition for inmates, which encourages them to rehabilitate and become useful citizens. It also shows the convicts’ efforts to change their lives and comply with the prisons’ rules and regulations, Son said, adding that the amnesty was decided in a strict, democratic, and transparent manner. There has been no discrimination against or unequal treatment of any inmates, he stressed. The Government has asked the Ministry of Public Security and provincial and municipal People’s Committees to create favourable conditions for the released inmates to re-integrate in the community. Lieutenant General Nguyen Quy Vuong, the Deputy Minister of Public Security, said 11 of the inmates who will be granted amnesty this year are foreigners (four Chinese, three Lao, one American, one Indian, one Canadian, and one Australian). Five of the prisoners were convicted of infringements on national security and 111 were charged with position-related crimes, he said.... [read more]

The visit aims to share anti-corruption experience and seek coordination with relevant Russian agencies in preventing, detecting and handling corrupt acts. The delegation will also negotiate with the Russian Presidential Office’s Anti-Corruption Bureau on the signing of a cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two agencies. On the morning of April 14, Vietnamese inspectors met with representatives from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office headed by the first deputy prosecutor, Aleksander Buksman. Buksman highlighted the delegation’s visit as a contribution to enhancing Vietnam-Russian cooperative relations, while General Inspector Phong Tranh briefed his Russian host about the functions and anti-corruption tasks of Vietnamese government inspectors. Both sides also discussed measures to strengthen anti-corruption cooperation in the future. As scheduled, the delegation will meet for talks with representatives from Russian audit agencies, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Russian Presidential Office’s Anti-Corruption Bureau.... [read more]

State President Nguyen Minh Triet began an official visit to Laos on Feb 5 at the invitation of President Choummaly Sayasone who is General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. He is accompanied by head of the Presidential Office Nguyen Van Chien, Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and other senior officials. After the welcome ceremony, talks were held between the two State leaders in the presence of many Vietnamese and Lao senior officials. Mr Sayasone and Mr Triet witnessed the signing of a programme on sports and physical training cooperation between the two countries’ Committees for Sports and Physical Training. Next, State President Triet laid a wreath at the Monument to Unknown Soldiers. In the afternoon the same day, the VietnameseState leader met with National Assembly Chairman Thoongsin Thammavong, Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh and President of the Lao Front for National Construction Sisavath Keobounphanh and other senior officials. In the afternoon, Lao State President Sayasone and his wife host a banquet in honour of Mr Triet and his entourage.*** On the occasion, all major dailies in Hanoi ran editorials, saying State President Nguyen Minh Triet's visit to Laos once again shows the Vietnamese Party, State and people's policy to attach importance and give prime priority to their special friendly relations with Laos. Nhan Dan (People) daily asserted that the potential for cooperation between the two countries remains enormously large, especially in hydroelectricity, education and training, healthcare, agriculture and rural…... [read more]

The visit is made after his official visit to Laos three weeks ago with a view to affirming Vietnam’s external relations policy which attaches great importance to boosting relations of neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with neighbouring and regional countries including Cambodia. The visit is of great significance as it coincides with the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia. Over the past few years, Vietnam-Cambodia relations have developedpositively in both scale and depth under the motto of good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-standing durability. Export-import turnover between the two countries reached US$940 million in 2006, an increase of 35 percent from a year earlier and it is expected to hit US$2billion by 2010. President Triet is being accompanied by the Director of the Presidential Office Nguyen Van Chien, Minister of Industry Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, National Defence and Public Security, HCMCity leaders and 50 entrepreneurs.... [read more]

Mr Triet was speaking in an interview granted to the media at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on June 18 before leaving for the US on an official six-day visit at the invitation of President George W. Bush and his wife. He said Vietnam wants the US to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese commodities to penetrate its market in an equal and fair manner like other countries and in line with the World Trade Organisation regulations. In turn, Vietnam will facilitate the US business community’s operation. “We call on all investors to pour their capital into all areas in Vietnam, with priority given to high-tech industries,” said Mr Triet. He expressed his belief that Vietnam-US relations will be expanded to many areas, given the recent development of bilateral ties. First head-of-state visit The visit, the first of its kind by a Vietnamese State President, takes place at a time when Vietnam-US relations have been fully normalised and seen significant developments, achieving practical results and meeting the interests and aspirations of the two countries’ people. The visit comes hot on the heels of the visit to the US in 2005 by former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and the visits to Vietnam in 2000 and 2006 by former President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush respectively. It is expected to complete full normalisation of the relations between Vietnam and the US by creating the foundation for building a stable, firm, long-term, equal and mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries…... [read more]

The announcement was made at a press conference in Hanoi on October 23 by the Presidential Office, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Giang Son, Vice Chairman of the Presidential Office, said the decision to grant amnesty in 2007 once again affirms the Party and State’s lenient policy and the humanitarian tradition of the Vietnamese nation towards prisoners with the aim of encouraging them to repent of their sin and train to become useful citizens of society. The same day, Thanh Xuan detention camp granted amnesty certificates to 158 inmates, including 7 foreigners. Since 2000 the State President has signed decisions to free about 80,000 inmates. With assistance from local administrations, most of them have stabilised their lives and only 4.2 percent of them have offended again.... [read more]

State President Nguyen Minh Triet said at a meeting to review the implementation of co-operative regulations between the State President and the presidium of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee in Hanoi on December 24. A report from the Presidential Office and the VFF Central Committee highlighted that in 2008 the implementation of co-operative regulations between the two agencies was strengthened, contributing to the improved operational efficiency of each side, consolidating great national unity, accelerating the nationwide emulation movement, promoting democracy, building the party, and developing and protecting a socialist law-governed State. With the President’s support, over the past 11 months, the fund for the poor has mobilised VND448.5 billion to build and repair 44,000 houses for those in need. State President Nguyen Minh Triet praised the VFF’s role in strengthening great national unity and promoting the strength of the whole nationwide to accelerate the national emulation movement and help the Party and State overcome difficulties to achieve a GDP growth of nearly 6.5 percent, socio-political stability and well developed culture, education and health care. Mr Trier emphasised that in 2009 Vietnam will have to face a number of difficulties and challenges, especially the impact of the global economic downturn and efforts by hostile forces to thwart the progress of the nation, democracy, human rights and religion. Therefore, the country should promote great national unity to overcome difficulties, Mr Triet said. Mr Triet urged the VFF to encourage citizens to implement five Government measures to prevent an economic meltdown,…... [read more]

Among the released, 794 are women and 13 committed crime against national security. The figures were released at a press briefing in Hanoi on August 31 by the Presidential Office to announce the State President’s decision to grant the second round of paroles this year. The decision shows the lenient and humanitarian policy of the Party and State to the inmates, encouraging them in their rehabilitation, said Giang Son, Vice Chairman of the Presidential Office. It also acknowledges the inmates’ efforts to follow prison rules while serving their sentences, he said. Mr Son affirmed that “there are no maltreatment and restrictions to any prisoners” no matter their nationality, provided they meet the set criteria. “Parole motivates other prisoners to work hard so that they can soon reunite with their families and reintegrate into their communities quicker,” he said. The Central Special Amnesty Advisory Council and the Ministry of Public Security have jointly carried out the parole in an open, democratic and lawful manner. All prisons carefully examined dossiers and informed the inmates of the criteria for parole so that they were able to discuss and nominate eligible candidates. Senior Lieutenant General Le The Tiem, Deputy Minister of Public Security, asked social organisations, local administrations and families to create favourable conditions for the released to reintegrate into their communities. To date nearly 100,000 prisoners have been freed, only 4 percent of whom have re-offended. The prisons under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of National Defence are carrying out…... [read more]

Mr Nathan said he agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Minh Triet, on the need to strengthen and develop the multifaceted, long, close and sustainable relationship between Vietnam and Singapore for the sake of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. Also during the cordial meeting that followed a solemn reception ceremony for President Triet at Singapore’s Presidential Palace on November 16, Mr Nathan and Mr Triet discussed measures and orientations for effectively implementing the Vietnam-Singapore Connectivity Framework Agreement. They dealt with a wide range of fields such as finance and banking, education and training, investment, information technology, trade and service, transport, urban planning and construction, health care and telecommunications. Presidents Nathan and Triet review the guard of honour They also agreed to boost cooperation in areas like tourism, culture, national security and defence. In addition, the Singaporean and Vietnamese leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. President Nathan affirmed that his country will actively support Vietnam in fulfilling its role as President of ASEAN in 2010. This was the first State-level visit to Singapore by Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, who was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Head of the Presidential Office Nguyen Van Chien, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, Minister of Finance Vu Van Ninh and other senior officials. Mr Triet officially visited Singapore after having attended the 17th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on the same day. The Vietnam-Singapore relations have developed rapidly since…... [read more]

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