PM holds bilateral meetings with ASEAN leaders

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had bilateral meetings with leaders of Cambodia, Indonesia, and Myanmar in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday on the occasion of the Commemorative Summit to mark the 20th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia dialogue relations.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Cambodian PM Hun Sen (Photo: VNA)

At his meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the two Prime Ministers confirmed priorities to consolidate and strengthen the Vietnam-Cambodia good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, long-term cooperation.

During the meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, both leaders said the two nations should continue high-ranking delegation exchanges, intensify cooperation in defence and security, strive for 18 billion USD in two-way trade in 2018, and speed up negotiations on the demarcation of the exclusive economic zone.

Mr. Phuc and Mr. Widodo underscored the need to intensify solidarity and maintain the central role of ASEAN in major issues related to security and interests of each country and the region.

They affirmed the importance of ensuring peace, stability, and aviation and maritime security, safety and freedom in the East Sea, while handling sea disputes based on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and working towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Prime Minister Phuc and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw said they hope for more efforts to be made to deepen the bilateral relations, especially in investment and trade.

The two leaders also stressed the necessity to intensify the exchange of all-level delegations, maintain existing cooperative mechanisms including the Joint Committee on Bilateral Cooperation, tighten coordination at regional and international forums, and boost the central role of ASEAN in issues involved in security and the region’s common interests.


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