PM Dung meets with Brunei Sultan
22:58 | 24/04/2013

VGP - Viet Nam and Brunei should speed up negotiations and promptly sign memoranda of understanding on agriculture, fishery and labor cooperation, and an agreement on investment encouragement and protection.

Viet Nam and Brunei vow to support each other at regional and international forums, particularly within ASEAN - Photo: VGP

PM Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while meeting with Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, on his visit to the country to attend the 22nd ASEAN Summit.

The Government chief also congratulated Brunei on undertaking the 2013 ASEAN Chair and highly valued its ties with the country.

Brunei has so far invested in 192 projects worth nearly US$4.9 billion, ranking 12th of the countries and territories investing in Viet Nam. Two-way trade hit US$600 million last year, tripling that of 2011.

The two sides pledged to further strengthen mutual trust, understanding and the exchange of high-level delegations between the two nations’ ministries and departments.

The two nations will promote links in economics, trade and investment to tap each side’s potential, meeting the aspirations of the two peoples.

Regarding regional and international issues, the two leaders agreed to increase exchanges and consultations on issues of common concern, support each other at regional and international forums, particularly within ASEAN.

They pledged to closely coordinate with each other and with other ASEAN members in order to maintain solidarity, uphold ASEAN’s central role in the regional processes and speed up the building of an ASEAN Community by 2015.

The two sides emphasized the need to ensure peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea; settle any disputes by peaceful means on the basic of respecting international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; as well as promote ASEAN’s Declaration on the Six-Point Principles and soon formulate a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

By Ngoc Van

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